This 820 foot, sandstone causeway – protected on either side by a moat – leads to a terrace at the entrance of Angkor Wat. The famous Hindu compound was commissioned by Suryavarman II. He was the king of the Khmer Empire from 1113 until 1150. The towers within the 400 acres of temples were designed to resemble the five summits of Mount Meru. According to Hindu and Buddhist mythology, that location in the Cosmic Ocean represents the center of all universes.