Angkor Wat Archeological Park

Jun 24th, 2011 | By | Category: Current Topics of Interest, Travel Adventures
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Angkor Wat Archeological Park is a region near Siem Reap, Cambodia that served as the seat of the Khmer Empire. The Angkorian period was from ~800 to 1400 ad. While in Cambodia I visited 4 of the temples including Angkor Wat. The first temple I visited is called Banteay Srei. It is a 10th century temple dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. It is located about 2o miles north-east of Angkor Wat. What was cool about Banteay Srei is that it’s built largely of red sandstone and, because it was a bit of the beaten path, there wasn’t a lot of tourist. Here are my favorite picture from Banteay Srei:

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Next we headed to Ta Prohm. It was built during the 12th and early 13th centuries. What makes Ta Prohm so cool is that it’s been left in much the same condition in which it was found. The reason, trees growing out of the ruins. I was blown away by how amazing this place is and what nature does to left behind human artifacts. Needless to say I had a great time taking photos here.

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Ta Prohm was pretty amazing but it wasn’t my favorite site. I was mesmerized by Bayon in Angkor Thom, which means great city. It was built in the late 12th century by king Jayavarman VII. What fascinated me about Bayon is the massive stone faces. No matter where you are in the temple you feel like you are being watched. And, to top it off, a group of monks came to visit the temple and you know I chased them down trying to get the perfect shot!

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Here are my favorite pictures from Bayon:

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The following day I did sunrise at Angkor Wat. Angkor Wat, means city temple. It is designed to represent Mount Meru from Hindu mythology. It has a moat and an outer wall. There are three rectangular galleries, each raised above the next and a central tower. Angkor Wat is oriented to the west which is different from other temples. It is the largest of the temples. If you go to do the sunrise shot, I say ignore the crowds of people on the west entrance trying to get background sunrise. Instead, head to the east side and capture first light on the temple. That’s what I did and was rewarded with beautiful shots. Here is first light on Angkor Wat:

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While in Siem Reap I also went on a 4 hour horseback ride through the countryside. I love horseback riding and try to ride whenever I travel abroad.

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Here are a few random pictures:

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  1. Hi Sian,

    I just love the pic’s of Angkor Wat.
    Wish I was there with you.
    Love you,
    Mom

  2. Too bad I did not know you had been to Angkor Wat. I was just there and loved it. Meeting the people there was a highlight. Loved the pictures, great to see again. Hugs, Kitt (met you at Dotties, on the 4th)

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