Wednesday, January 22, 2014

A Day of Temples: Angkor Wat

Featured today were three magnificent, world-class temples. I'll do a separate post on each one, in the interest of time and photo capacity (small). Angkor Wat is a UNESCO World Heritage site, on a par with the Taj Mahal and the Great Wall of China. Millions of people come here to visit, and for good reason.

It is located in the forest outside Siem Reap, Cambodia. The entire site is surrounded by a miles-long moat, and then enclosed by a stone wall. The iconic towers and carvings used to be covered in gold and gem stones, but they have all long since disappeared. It has three levels representing The underworld, earth, and heaven, and we climbed steep steps to visit each level.

The great mythological tale go Churning the Sea of Milk is illustrated throughout the temple.

We even came back later in the evening to watch the sunset over the towers, and have drinks and snacks (dried water buffalo jerky, frogs legs, and Python strips) - yes i know, when will it ever end.

Photos are worth a thousand words, so here goes. I'll write about the other temples in separate posts.

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Location:National Highway 6,,Cambodia

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