Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Exploring Angkor Thom

3 June 2008 @ Angkor Thom, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Angkor Thom is gigantic, with the big Bayon temple situated at the south and many other small temples and architectures towards the north.

After Bayon, we head on to Baphuon. I couldn't describe the temples as good as Daryl, so just enjoy the photos. =)

Baphuon [waited very long for the people to get out of the path]

Too bad it was closed due to the restoration process and thus we have to move on to Phimeanakas.


Group shot with Phimeanakas

Not following the crowd and tours, we walked north ourselves to reach the north gate of Phimeanakas.

view outside the gate

we acted like some archaeologists at the gate

At the gate, there was a Cambodian guy who acted very friendly and talked to you about himself and about Angkor. But in the end, he wants money from you! So, a little reminder here, don't ever trust strangers.

Up next, Preah Palilay.

We just snapped some photos and head on to the Terrace of the Leper King and Terrace of the Elephants.

It's a little different from the temples we see. Terrace of the Elephants is like a long platform and it's said to be the place where king Jayavarman VII to view his victorious returning army.

We can see the North Kleang from Terrace of Leper King

lots of elephants carvings

Can you see? Garuda and Lion are carved alternatively on the wall

And I'm sitting on one of 'em [yee-hah!]

I didn't really sit on it lah, I was just standing on one foot while taking the photo. We need to preserve the beautiful architectures and statues right?

After a long morning, Sovoeun drove us back to Siem Reap town for lunch. Billy, out.

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samantha said...

i wish i have that much fun right now, considering that i am currently studying for a big test later.

Billy said...

you should concentrate on your studies for now. Then have all the fun you want after your big test!

All the best in your exams. =)

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