Angkor Wat: The World’s Largest Religious Monument

Angkor Wat, located in Siem Reap Province in Cambodia, is the world’s largest religious monument. “Angkor” comes from Sanskrit and means “city” while Wat is Khmer for “temple.” Cambodians are usually referred to as Khmer people and Thai are referred to as Siem. So, the name Siem Reap means “Thai Defeat,” but that’s another story. Angkor Wat also appears on the national flag of Cambodia.

Angkor Wat was originally built in the 12th century by king Suryavarman II as a Hindu temple. It was a dedication to Vishnu. Later, in the 16th century, Buddhism took over and Angkor Wat was converted to a Buddhist temple. The Buddhists tried to paint the giant wall mural depicting several scenes from Hinduism and in some parts, you can actually touch the carved stone on the mural.

Angkor Wat lies on an island 1km x 1.5km with a 1 km wide moat on all sides. There are two entrances: the front in the west and the back in the east. Angkor Wat, unlike most temples, faces to the west instead of the east to signify that Suryavarman was intending to be buried there. Inside the temple, there is a central point where you can see in all four directions, many intricate and sometimes unfinished carvings, and a big central tower which was the king’s tomb. The central has really steep stairs that you could be afraid of going up and down.

Overall, Angkor Wat is a great place and has a lot of extra history and details to it, and it is also a great tourist destination.

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Galaxy S3: King of the Phones

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Credit by: Stereopoly Blog

The Samsung Galaxy S3(GS3) has been a huge hit, and by far the most popular phone besides the iPhone 5. The reason people all over the world seem to have it in their pockets is because it is covered by the four biggest cell phone carriers: Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, and AT&T. This is huge because this is one of the few phones to be offered by all of these carriers. Even though this makes more people want to get the phone, the main reason why everyone loves this phone is because of its specs.

The Galaxy S3 has very impressive specs that competes with any of the top phones on the market. If you think of a phone with the best screen you would most likely think of the iPhone 5. If you look at the screen specs on both phones the GS3 is actually a little better. For starters the screen size of the GS3 is a whopping 4.8 inches compared to the iPhone’s tiny 4 inch screen. Also, the iPhone is acclaimed for having a “revolutionary” resolution and pixel density(PPI or pixels per inch). The GS3’s resolution is 720 x 1080 pixels and a PPI of 306, while the inferior iPhone has 640 x 1136 pixels and a PPI of 326. The GS3’s screen just manages to be better than the iPhone, but the GS3 is still dominant. Another key spec for the GS3 is its blazing fast quad core processor. It is always smooth running with it and even with a million apps running in the background it will still run almost completely lag free.  Continue reading

The Lion King: A Perfect Mix

Known best for their creation of heartwarming family movies, Disney is an entertainment company whose greatest works are unmatched by any other. From the princess films to the television channel, Disney has created a legacy that has touched the lives of thousands of people. Touched with a flair of originality, the group’s productions all have their own unique message and method of conveying it. But perhaps the best of Disney’s movies is one that is not always immediately remembered. Continue reading