This temple is dedicated to the Hindu God Vishnu. Many carvings of the beautiful Apsara , the female spirit of the clouds and water, don the walls of the Angkor Wat.
Apparently the Apsara are carved with 36 different hair styles within this temple. The building represents Mt Meru, its surrounding peaks and is bounded by continents and the ocean. Mt Meru is the centre of the Hindu spiritual and physical universe.