In recent preparation to visit the Hindu-Buddhist temples of Angkor Wat, Cambodia, I stumbled on some articles that referred to the site as the eight wonder of the world. Of course, there are only seven “official” wonders of the world, according to a worldwide poll done in 2007. While doing my research, it dawned on me that I’ve already seen three of the seven wonders of the world. While I’m not one to avidly follow such canonized lists, the fact that I’m almost half way through it gives me every reason to see the remaining four.
Here is a recent list of the Seven Wonders of the World, according to the New7Wonders of the World:
1. Great Wall of China, China
2. Petra, Jordan
3. Christ the Redeemer, Brazil 4. Machu Picchu, Peru
5. Chichen Itza, Mexico
I’m still disappointed in myself for skipping Chichen Itza and going to Xcaret when I was in Quintana Roo. At the time, I figured the ruins of Tulum were enough. I guess I’ll have to go back!
6. Colosseum, Italy
7. Taj Mahal, India
India has been calling my name for quite awhile now, so hopefully the Taj Mahal will be the next wonder I see.
For now, I’m more than happy to have seen Angkor Wat in Cambodia, as it is (one of the) eight wonder(s) of the world. Even if it isn’t on any particular list, it’s a mystical piece of ancient architecture, and definitely worth the visit.