Sunday, April 22, 2007

The Journey - Ancient Angkor

It was a five days trip to the ancient city. We could cover quite a bit with the three-day pass which cost us USD 40, which has allowed me to visit Angkor Wat (itself) for all three days. In fact, I think we had visited (briefly) most of the important sites including a half day tour to the floating village of Tonle Sap.
Late afternoon and sunset view from Phnom Bakheng.
Angkor Wat
Sunrise and early morning walk for Angkor Wat itself.
Angkor Thom
The city gate of Angkor Thom.
Bayon - the complex of face towers.
Phimeanakas - The royal palace of Suryavarman I.
Elephant Terrace
The Elephant Terrace - carvings of elephants along its wall.
Leper King
The Leper King Terrace - deities of the underworld, the hidden wall.
Thommanon - A compact temple in the style of Angkor Wat.
Five massive towers on top of the imposing Takeo temple.
Banteay Kdei
The inner towers of Banteay Kdei.
Ta Prohm
Strangler figs and silk-cotton trees entwined among ruins of Ta Prohm.
Banteay Srei
Banteay Srei with some exquisite decorative carvings in pink sandstone.
Banteay Samre
Excellently restored Angkor Wat-style temple, Banteay Samre is one of my favorites.
Pre Rup
Huge brick towers of Pre Rup.
Ta Som
Ta Som - a small temple, miniature simplified version of Ta Prohm.
Neak Pean
Neak Pean - An island temple in the middle of a pond.
Preah Khan
Used to be a buddhist university, Preah Khan is a MUST visit.
Tonle Sap
On the way to the largest freshwater lake - The Great Lake of Tonle Sap.
We enjoyed the show - in the art of music and Apsara dancing.
Where we lived for several nights - value for money and good service (recommended).
Bou Savy Guesthouse & Restaurant
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Friday, April 20, 2007

Angkor Wat - Color Edited

Just tried out some color change for pictures that I have taken. The last picture is a total change as the sun sets not at this side (but I quite like it).




Wednesday, April 18, 2007

The Angkor Archaeological Park

Angkor is one of the most important archaeological sites in South-East Asia. Stretching over some 400 sq. km, including forested area, the Angkor Archaeological Park contains the magnificent remains of the different capitals of the Khmer Empire, from the 9th to the 15th century. These include the famous Temple of Angkor Wat and, at Angkor Thom, the Bayon Temple with its countless sculptural decorations. UNESCO has set up a wide-ranging programme to safeguard this symbolic site and its surroundings.
I was there last week and just back yesterday. The month of April, Siem Reap is roasting hot. I had a tough time coping with the heat and dust, dirt roads. Nevertheless, it was a great trip and an inspiring one.

I have taken lots lots of pictures. I think I will probably be writing about Angkor for the next two months.