Sunday, July 13, 2008

Beer, Pool, Noodle Soup & Angkor Thom

2 June 2008 @ Ivy Guesthouse, Siem Reap, Cambodia

We celebrated our first night in Cambodia with some Angkor Beer and a few rounds of pool. The beer costs us US$1 for one can.

that's how you play pool

3 June 2008 @ Siem Reap, Cambodia

We had some cheap soup noodles at Lily Restaurant. It's a famous restaurant among the locals in Siem Reap and it's always packed.

After breakfast, we head on straight to Angkor Thom.

entrance to Angkor Thom "city"

Angkor Thom was the last and most enduring city in the Khmer empire. It was built by king Jayavarman VII in the late 12th century and it covers 9 km². The place is huge!

I'm helping the gods to pull the serpent [devils are pulling the on the other side of the path]

The first place we dropped by was the Bayon temple. It's the centre of Angkor Thom and it's easily recognized by all the stone faces carved on the towers.

There're lots of carvings on the walls of Bayon temple [bas-reliefs] and each wall tells a story. Luckily, Kuan bought a book about Angkor so we were able to learn about the history or myth of the temples.

Some parts of the temples in Angkor were destroyed and thus a lot of restoration process are going on all the time.

Climbing up to one of the two libraries in Bayon [doesn't look like a library to me at all]

Group shot with Bayon [taken on the library]

the famous stone face [usually there'll be four faces on the tower facing four different directions]

Took us a couple of hours to explore the whole Bayon temple. It was quite interesting to read about the stories that lie behind the walls.

After Bayon, we continued north to visit the other parts of Angkor Thom. To be continue in my next post... Billy, out.

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samantha said...

omg. i wanna go to cambodia too. it's wickedly beautiful!
*shall find a job this semester break* ;)

Billy said...

yea, it's awesome!
You're right, earn some money and go vacation with a bunch of friends!
All the best to you... =)

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