Overdosing with temples
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A day with themples
Angkor Wat is a temple built for King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century as his state temple and capital city.
The largest and best-preserved temple at the site, it is the only one to have remained a significant religious centre since its foundation - first Hindu, dedicated to Vishnu, then Buddhist.
The temple is the epitome of the high classical style of Khmer architecture. It has become a symbol of
We visited Angkor Wat twice first early morning at 05.00 am at sun rice. Angkor Wat is a visually, architecturally and aristically breathtaking. It is a massiv threetiered pyramid crowned by lotus like towers rising 65 meters from ground level.
This is the centerpiece of any visit to the temples of Angkor. I promise you it was spectacular in sun rise.
Returning to the hotel for breakfast at 08.00 am and after breakfast back to Angkor Wat.
The visual impact of Angkor Wat, particularly on first visit is awsome.
We crossed throught the gate and approached the temple along the walkway. Explorating the bas reliefs that cover the exterior first level, following the reliefs counterclockwise around the temple. You have to visit Angkor Wat in optimal lighting conditions to have the maximize experience of this masterpice of architecture.
This day we almost had an overdose of temples; The South gate of Angkor Thom,
The Elephant Terrace.
The Elephant Terrace extends from the Baphuon to the Terrace of the Leper King. It is unclear today as to whether the three structures were connected or whether there was space between them, and, like the Baphuon itself, alterations were evidently made to both terraces.
The bas-reliefs of the Elephant Terrace, in addition to the hunting scenes present images of sporting events, including wrestling, chariot races, and a game that, though popular today in Europe, originated in
This is a 3 km2 walled moatedroyal city and was the last capital of the Angkorian empire. After Jayavarman VII recaptured the Angkor capital from the Cham invaders in 1181, he began a massive building campagn across the empire, constructing Angkor Thom as his new capital city.
There are five entrances (gatas) to the city, one for each cardinal point, and the victory gata leading to the Royal Palace aera.
This is literally a temple on top of a mountain. Albeit a small mountain, more like a big hill the climb is still hard work. This is where most people come to enjoy the sunset views, so in the evening it gets very crowded.
Once you have climbed to the top of the mountain, take a look back and you are rewarded by superb views of Angkor Wat in the distance, just sitting in the jungle.
Then you are faced with another climb, to the top level of the temple, more steep steps! But the view of the sunset is unrivalled, provided you get there early to book your space.
Be sure to bring a bottle of wather with you.
We have been climbing up and down stairs and temples the hole day, our feet is warm, our legs is hard and wants to rest. Our heads is filled with the history of Cambodian temples.
We have had a fantastic day.
By the dinner table my friends decided no more temples but I managed to convince them that we had to visit Ta Prom the next day. And I had to promise them that this is the last temple we will visit.