Compare and Contrast between Angkor Wat and the Pyramid of Giza

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Date: 12/10/2014

Compare and Contrast Pyramids of Giza and Angkor Wat
“It is not the beauty of a building you should look at; it’s the construction of the foundation that will stand the test of time.” By David Allan Coe
The quotation above means that the beauty of a building is not as important as the construction of the prototypes of its structure. Basically, the development of its foundations and techniques are more important than those of its attractiveness. Meanwhile, Angkor Wat and Pyramids of Giza are two ancient buildings that are able to continue its legacies to the contemporary world. Angkor Wat and the Pyramids of Giza are the examples of the external and internal beauties in which its structures were
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Conversely, the authenticities of their designs are different. Particularly, Angkor Wat’s architectural designs are originated from the combination of the Indian’s culture and its neighboring cultures (UNESCO Angkor Wat, 2014). According to UNESCO (2014), “Khmer architecture evolved largely from that of the Indian subcontinent, from which it soon became clearly distinct as it developed its own special characteristics, some independently evolved and others acquired from neighboring cultural traditions. The result was a new artistic horizon in oriental art and architecture.” On the contrary, Egyptian has developed its own (Beers, 1983, p. 23). Beers (1983, p. 24) has stated that “the Egyptians have improved hieroglyphics and developed the engineering skills needed to construct a more elaborate tombs for the pharaohs.” Although the Angkor Wat and the Pyramids of Giza located near big rivers and built with similar materials, their arts in architectural designs are originated differently.
Even though Angkor Wat and the Pyramids of Giza were built in the period where their social developments are different, their citizens’ beliefs and suffering are following the same route. To begin with, Angkor Wat and Giza were built during different levels of development regarding its society. Angkor Wat was constructed during the

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