Angkor Wat - Putting european castles to shame for (almost) 900 years
Siem Reap Travel Blog› entry 9 of 26 › view all entries
July 27th, 2008 – by: Zymosis
Almost every square inch of Angkor Wat is meticulously detailed and well preserved. Everything, everywhere, is hand carved into elaborate and beautiful designs, depictions, pictures, and writings. This place is like a living hyperbole, an exaggeration of itself to the Nth. I really can't begin to express just how amazing and detailed and well preserved everything is, so I won't even try.
Angkor Wat is only one of countless temples in the area. There are literally hundreds of temples in the area, from the near ones that we saw to the distant ones hundreds of kilometers away. We travelled from temple to temple in a tuk-tuk that we hired for the day. I'm not sure if I've mentioned tuk-tuk's yet. They're everywhere in SE Asia, and range from little three-wheeled scooter things with seats to little mopeds towing little carriages. Ours was the latter. Anyway, we saw tons of cool temples, spending all day exploring. We also met a lot of local kids trying to sell little trinkets. They all speak surprisingly good english, generally much better than the adults. One little girl knew the capitals of almost every state in the US. I bought a few bracelets from her and made her promise to remember Salem, Oregon.
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