Bangkok’s Mini Angkor Wat: Legacy of the Thai-Khmer Rivalry

In 1860, the Thai King Mongkut ordered Angkor Wat (the largest religious monument in the world) to be moved to Bangkok. Find out what happened…

The Grand Palace in Bangkok’s historic city center is one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations. Although, one feature there seemed very out of place when I first saw it: a model of Cambodia’s famous Angkor Wat. Considering the Thai people and the Khmers of Cambodia were longtime historical adversaries, I had to question whether or not I was seeing it correctly. However, a sign within the royal complex confirmed it was indeed a model of Angkor Wat.

So, why is there a miniature Angkor Wat within the central state temple of Thailand?

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My name is Ben. I’m a native Michigander with a passion for human culture and new places, and more than that, new experiences. I have degrees in writing and anthropology and have no idea what I want to do with them. For now, I’m content with an unbound lifestyle; going where I want and doing what I can, and hopefully gaining some interesting stories along the way.

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