In Cambodia a severe storm has caused havoc across the country. During the extreme weather, ancient and iconic trees fell in the Angkor Wat heritage park and buildings were destroyed. The trees fell in two well-known Khmer temple complexes, at the start of the Southeast Asian country’s New Year’s celebrations.
Angkor Wat is one of the best-known heritage sites in all of Asia and is located north of the town of Siem Reap. It was once the political and religious center of the Khmer Empire , which dominated large areas of Southeast Asia.
This was a Buddhist-Hindu culture that was heavily influenced by the Indian civilization but also developed its own distinctive Khmer art forms. Angkor Wat flourished from the 11 th century to the 15 th century when it was abandoned after the fall of the empire.