The Ancient Hidden Graffiti of Angkor Wat

Hidden graffiti has been found on the walls of Cambodia’s famous Angkor Wat.

Graffiti of Angkor Wat

Credit: Noel Hidalgo Tan

Scientist using NASA technology have been able to see the ancient paintings for the first time in 400 years.  The technology is able to see the slightest differences of contrast that the human eye is unable to see.  Angkor and the surrounding temples have intricate carvings but archaeologist believe that they were also painted at one point in time.  This led them to begin searching for any lasting remnant of the painted walls.  What they found was certainly not expected.

Experts say that most of the 200 images of elephants, boats, animals, and deities are actually the work of pilgrims.  They visited the site long after it was abandoned in the 15th century.  There is one area though, high on the temple, that is very intricate.  This is leading scientists to believe it is part of the restoration began in the 16th century to convert the temple from Buddhist to a Hindu one.

The finding will give experts new knowledge of the history of Angkor Wat and it’s surrounding temples that was lost for hundreds of years.  The various temples stretch out along the countryside for many kilometers and is considered the largest religious site in the world.  Travelers from all around the world visit the site every year.

If you visit the temple take some time to search for these faded paintings because millions of visitors have walked right past them without noticing.  Be sure to send us any photos you might get of these ancient paintings at Angkor Wat or give us your own experience in the comments below.

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