January 29, 2015

Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia


What Lonely Planet said: The traveller’s first glimpse of Angkor Wat, the ultimate expression of Khmer genius, is simply staggering and is matched by only a few select spots on earth such as Machu Picchu or Petra. Angkor Wat is, quite literally, heaven on earth. Angkor is the earthly representation of Mt Meru, the Mt Olympus of the Hindu faith and the abode of ancient gods. The ‘temple that is a city’, Angkor Wat is the perfect fusion of creative ambition and spiritual devotion. The Cambodian god-kings of old each strove to better their ancestors’ structures in size, scale and symmetry, culminating in what is believed to be the world’s largest religious building, the mother of all temples, Angkor Wat.

I was there: August 28, 2011

Camera used: Canon EOS 40D


Me at Angkor Wat

Stone path to the temple complex

Multi-headed dragon guarding an entrance

One of many Buddha statues

Angkor Wat

Me!

An Apsara

Stone murals

Inner courtyard

Bearded old man

Believers praying at one of several shrines at the temple

Priest and customers

Priest blessing a toddler

Tourists at the temple

At the innermost temple

A statue

Bakan, the upper level

A photographer

The outer courtyard

Another stone mural

Stalls selling souvenirs just outside Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat from the moat

A child monk and tourists