Angkor Wat was just named the best tourist attraction in the world

Lonely Planet has just announced the list of the 500 best tourist attractions on the planet, and Cambodia’s Temples of Angkor Wat has been named the best in the world.

While most people have heard of Angkor Wat, they don’t realise that it’s just one temple in a complex of more than 1,000.

The complex is actually a massive 700-year old city, with canals, temples, shrines and tombs spread over 154 square miles, deep in the lush jungles of northern Cambodia.

Take a look at these pictures to see why it topped the list of the world’s must-see sites.

The Temples of Angkor are the architectural zenith of the Khmer Empire, which ruled from the 19th to the 13th centuries. For centuries, it was the Khmer Kingdom’s capital, which at times ruled much of Southeast Asia, from modern-day Laos and Burma to Thailand and southern Vietnam.