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.

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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. 

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Any Krishna devotees will recognize these Hindu deities.

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

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

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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.

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

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Over and out!

Comments

Debra Spincic said…
The Jungle Temple is really interesting. Fascinating.
Judy S. said…
Great photos, Rian. I hope you're feeling better now!
jenclair said…
The temple trees are fascinating! Such mystery to all of the temples.