|We were up 4 am and off to see the sunrise behind Angkor Wat. There were lots of people like us. Angkor Wat is a Hindu temple commemorating Vishnu. It is believed it may have been constructed as a funeral temple since it faces west which is in the direction of the setting sun and is symbolic of passing into the next life for a king. It is the symbol of Cambodia and was built in the 12th century using Khmer architecture. It is a 3-tiered pyramid with 5 towers which is thought to represent Mount Meru, home of the gods: a land of creation and destruction. There are 3 levels to the inner sanctum. On the first level, bas-reliefs encircle the temple depicting historical wars and scenes from Hindu epics. The most famous is the mythical "Churning of the Ocean Milk". This legend tells the story of Hindu Deities stirring vast oceans in order to extract the elixir of mortality. The churning produced Apsaras, Hindu Celestial dancers. We climbed a really steep staircase to get to the top level where the King spent some time in. You had to be dressed appropriately to be allowed to go up. Some tourists were not allowed. After exploring, we returned to our hotel for breakfast.