Angkor Wat

I have many more Myanmar stories and photos, but I decided to fast-forward to Cambodia. Cambodia was a real treat compared to Myanmar. If you know about Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge, plus the Vietnam War, you know that Cambodia has had a difficult history. If you don’t know about these things, I invite you to look into them. Or watch The Killing Fields.


So, above, we have the iconic view of the temple at Angkor Wat. The five spires of the temple are shaped like lotus buds. Here’s something else I did not know about Angkor Wat: It’s Hindu! Yes, it’s Buddhist, but it’s Hindu-Buddhist. Below we see Vishnu, the supreme superhero of the day. 


Any Krishna devotees will recognize these Hindu deities.


Beautiful bas-reliefs have survived a thousand years. They go completely around the walls and tell the history.



Below is Angkor Thom, another temple…there are quite a few temples in the area. The faces of Bodhisattva on these spires are wonderful.


Next we have Jungle Temple, which they have, for the most part, left as-is. This is a very popular (i.e. crowded) temple because of Lara Croft Tomb Rader. Trees and roots have just about taken over the structures.



Aren’t these figures wonderful? Do you see Ganesha?


One last photo. IMG_1027

Over and out!


  1. The Jungle Temple is really interesting. Fascinating.

  2. Great photos, Rian. I hope you're feeling better now!

  3. The temple trees are fascinating! Such mystery to all of the temples.


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