“Quest for the Lost civilization”, by Graham Hancock, is a fascinating documentary about the world’s ancient monuments. By the minute 29:00 of the video you can see the amazing scene of a very special sunrise at Angkor. The sun raises exactly on the peak of the main Angkor Temple. This only happens twice a year, at the so called equinox – time of the year when the sun crosses the plane of the earth’s equator and day and night are of equal length. It is hard to believe how people were able to build up such amazing events already in ancient times.

Connecting the earth with the sky at Angkor

Archaeologist believe during ancient times kings wanted to connect the earth with the sky. Hence they used to integrate sky events to temples, not just at Angkor but all over the world. The equinox sunrise at Angkor Wat is only one of those.


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Exciting facts surrounding Angkor Wat

Researchers have found that the main route to Angkor Wat temple differs by three quarters of a degree from the east-west axis to the north. According to the precession of the earth’s axis, the North Pole is not fixed but moves like a spiral. This happens extremely slowly. Around 72 years for each degree. It takes about 26,000 years for a complete revolution.
Multiplying the precession of the earth’s axis – the aforementioned three quarters of a degree – with the number 72 results in the number 54. The number 54 is more frequent in Angkor Park. For example, the four-faced towers at the Bayon Temple or the guards in front of the South Gate of the city of Angkor Thom.

The Equinox in Cambodia

In Cambodia, this astronomical event happens during Spring (around 20th of March), and during Autumn (around 23rd of September). Dates are:

Primary equinox

20.03.2017 um 17:29 Uhr
20.03.2018 um 23:15 Uhr
21.03.2019 um 04:58 Uhr
20.03.2020 um 10:50 Uhr

Secondary equinox

22.09.2017 um 04:02 Uhr
23.09.2018 um 09:54 Uhr
23.09.2019 um 17:50 Uhr
22.09.2020 um 21:31 Uhr


Selfie Contest at Angkor during Equinox

The contest is organized by Ministry of Tourism, Cambodia (MOT). This is, how you can take part:

1. Just take your selfie picture in front of Angkor Wat. Date: March 20 and 21 during sunrise between 5am and 7 am.
2. Upload your photo on the Facebook Page of MOT plus your full name and phone number.
3. MOT will select 5 photos and post on their page to see which one gets most likes.
4. 3 winners will be announced (who receive most likes).

  • 1st prize 1 million Riels = $ 250
  • 2nd prize 800k Riels = $ 200
  • 3rd prize 500k Riels = $ 125

Plus an honor certificate from Ministry of Tourism, Cambodia. Good luck! This contest was held in March 2016 for the first time.

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