Tuesday, August 05, 2008

The Angkor Wat

5 June 2008 @ Siem Reap, Cambodia

It's the third and final day of our visit to the Angkor Archaeological Park. Our destination is one of the world's most reknowned temples, The Angkor Wat!

Before we leave our guesthouse, we had Milo and bread for breakfast!

Since we'll be only spending half a day in Angkor Complex, we hired Sovoeun's brother, Sovet to drive us there with his tuk-tuk.

Here we are, ANGKOR WAT! If you see properly, it's actually the symbol on the Cambodia national flag.

Angkor Wat or "City Temple" in the modern name was built in the early 12th century as the state temple and capital city for King Suryavarman II.

The architecture of the temple is said to represent Mount Meru, home of the gods in Hindu Mythology. Here's a short introduction by Kuan about Angkor Wat, in mandarin.

MinBee trying to be the head of the headless statue


Bas-reliefs - The carvings ont the walls

LeongKee studying hard on the book for this...





So who did a better job? =P
*sorry non-chinese and bananas, the videos are in mandarin only

There're actually more videos on the bas-reliefs in Angkor Wat, you can check it out in my next post [Bas Relief - Heaven and Hell] Here're some still shots of the carvings.

One of the punishment in hell

After a long walk inside the temple and restricted to access the towers in the centre, we head on outside to take photos again.

Kuan, LeongKee, MinBee, Me

Like other temples, many restoration process are going on when we visited it. Nevertheless, it's still a beautiful place with marvelous architecture.

That's the end of our 3 days adventure in Angkor Archaelogical Park. Gotta go for a massage after walking miles and miles of endless road. Billy, out.

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cc said...

Beautiful and mystical place! Hope to visit one day.
Love the photos and video clips! Very informative. Thanks for sharing! :)

Billy said...

Hi, cc. Yeah! Very nice place to visit. You should go. =)
Thanks, I hope you weren't bored with the long winded story. Hehehe... =P

puiyeel said...

Angkor Wat is one of the place I must visit in Asia in my life, I just love Asean cultures soo much =)

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