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Cambodia Part 2 - Angkor

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Angkor Wat, a sym­bol that is so iconic that rep­re­sents Cam­bo­dia is noth­ing short of amazing.

Being able to see, touch and stand inside Angkor Wat gave me a feel­ing that is hard to describe in one word.

Angkor Wat at sunrise.

It feels like his­tory being brought back to life in front of my eyes. Every piece of stone, every bas-relief, every wall and every statue seem to have their own untold sto­ries wait­ing for me to discover.

I can’t help but to be amazed by the scale of this tem­ple and the intri­cate art­works done by the ancient Khmer people.

How­ever, like many oth­ers, I didn’t know that Angkor Wat is not the only tem­ple in Siem Reap before this. In fact, there are over thou­sand of tem­ples, big and small all over Angkor.

Map of Angkor.

While Angkor Wat is the most famous tem­ple, Angkor Thom is the biggest tem­ple complex.

Angkor Wat

We arrived at Angkor Wat 5:30 in the morn­ing so that we could catch the view of sunrise.

Angkor Wat under the night sky.

Too bad the sun was hid­ing behind the clouds and the sun­light only pierce through the clouds when we were about to leave.

Angkor Wat over ris­ing sun.

All of us after sun­rise at Angkor Wat at 6:30 AM.

Path lead­ing to the entrance of Angkor Wat.

Impres­sive bas-reliefs on the exte­rior wall of Angkor Wat.

After vis­it­ing Angkor Wat, we went to sev­eral other tem­ples. I won’t go into details and I’ll let the pic­tures do the talking.

Preah Khan Temple

Path lead­ing to Preah Khan Tem­ple at Angkor.

Entrance gate of Preah Khan Tem­ple, Angkor.

Inside Preah Khan Temple.

Prasat Ban­teay Srei Temple

Prasat Ban­teay Srei Tem­ple, Angkor.

Detail stone carv­ings at Prasat Ban­teay Srei Tem­ple, Angkor.

Me and a carved door­way at Prasat Ban­teay Srei Tem­ple, Angkor.

Prasat Pre Roup Temple

Prasat Pre Roup Tem­ple, Angkor.

The tallest tower at Prasat Pre Roup Tem­ple, Angkor.

Gate of Angkor Thom and the peak tower at Prasat Pre Roup Temple.

Ta Prohm Temple

The famous Ta Prohm Tem­ple where trees grow on top of the temple.

Bayon Tem­ple

Bayon Tem­ple famous for its stone faces.

At the top of Bayon Tem­ple, Angkor.

Happy Spe­cial Pizza

After a long day hop­ping from tem­ple to tem­ple, we had this Happy Spe­cial Pizza for dinner.

It seems like hav­ing pizza becomes one of the tourist attrac­tions in Siem Reap.

Happy Piz­zas at Siem Reap town.

Why hav­ing pizza? Because peo­ple want to be happy. Why happy? Because it’s spe­cial. What so spe­cial? Well, because they put some spe­cial herbs *ahem* ganja *ahem* into the pizza.

Ha… now you know why. But the truth is, none of us were happy or high (not even close) although we asked them to put in more “herbs”.

The Myth

After a long day vis­it­ing tem­ples in Angkor, I must say that the archi­tec­ture was eye-opening, the carv­ings were noth­ing short of remark­able and the amount of efforts put into build­ing each of the tem­ples were just jaw-dropping.

That leaves only one ques­tion, how did they man­aged to build these impres­sive tem­ples thou­sand of years ago? And how did they even man­aged to bring those gigan­tic stones up to the hills?

Well, I think I have solved the myth. They did it with the help of an extrater­res­trial crea­ture came from the outer space.

The crea­ture pro­vided them with tech­nolo­gies so advanced even noth­ing in the 21st cen­tury can com­pare with.

So until today, they still wor­ship the statue of the creature.

They call it Stitch.

Cam­bo­dia Series

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CommentNo. 1

Balmindar Kaur21 November 201011:21 AM

those are some amaz­ing pics! where did you stay dur­ing your trip?

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Den­nis Lee21 November 201011:08 PM

Thanks Bal! I stayed at the Golden Mango Inn at Siem Reap. Highly recommended :)

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