Conclusion

Angkor Wat is still an active cultural and religious site in Cambodia that has weathered the reigns of countless empires and governments since its construction in 1113 AD.  The religious temple was the heart of one of the largest cities of its time and was ruled by the Khmer Empire.  Its prosperity and significance was largely contributed to its close proximity to the Tonle Sap.  Angkor Wat is still an active archaeological and religious site.  Buddhist monks can be seen in their distinctive orange robes among all of the tourists every day.  As an active archaeological site, more things are continuously being discovered furthering our understanding of Khmer culture, and it continues to be a symbol for Cambodia and South-East Asia as a whole.