Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat is the reason most tourist visit Cambodia, another World Heritage Site! In fact there are more than 40 significant monuments in a huge area arund Siem Reap, Ankor Wat being the most famous of them. We managed to see nine over two days and also visited the excellent museum which provided useful background and contains many of the sculptures.
Our original idea to use bikes as we did in Sukothai was quickly abandoned. First of all, the nearest site was 6.5 kilometres from town, the furthest we visited, Banteay Seay, 34 kilometres. Secondly it’s by far the warmest place we’ve been so far!
Angkor Wat itself is the most celebrated of all Cambodia’s monuments. Said to be the largest religious building in the world, it was built in the 12th century AD, around the same time as Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. The earliest temple we visited is 10th century AD.
We were amongst thousands of tourists from all over the world. Apart from the archaeological interest Angkor Wat is still a place of pilgrimage for Buddhists. The Theravada Buddhism practised in this area incorporates many Hindu deities and this is reflected in the decoration of the buildings.
A day and a half visiting in a motor cycle rickshaw left us exhausted. But we were glad to have got up before 5am to join many others waiting for the sun to rise over Angkor Wat itself. Especially as, for the next hour or two, it was both cool and relatively uncrowded.
Amongst the tourists and the history Cambodian people lead their daily lives in mainly agricultural occupations. We sampled sweets made from boiled palm syrup collected from the trees and enjoyed the vivid green of some rice paddies although most are dry at this time of year.
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2 thoughts on “Angkor Wat

  1. Kim-Britt Harvey

    Same pictures as Danny! Still raining here. Love KB & M

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