First day in Angkor Wat
Angkor Travel Blog› entry 7 of 22 › view all entries
September 4th, 2009 – by: sarahelaine
I was soon to learn that almost everything costs one dollar, almost regardless of waht it costs in real. In fairness, the border guard had told us about this, but we hadn't wanted to change too much money because it is so hard to change back. I still have what is effectively a 0.
We got our photos taken for entrance and headed off to Angkor Wat itself. Even peering through the rain, it was one of the most impressive things I have ever seen. We got out of the tuktuk, got our tickets checked and headed across the causeway.
unfortunately, there was no sunrise. Well, obviously, the sun rose. Otherwise we would all be blogging from the end of the world. But it did it from behind a thick layer of cloud and drizzle. Despite this, my first exposure to the wonders of Angkor was really impressive. I can't actually express this clearly in words, so you're going to get a lot of blether about "really impressive" from now on. Until someone invents more words for it. I loved the carved freezes of battles and the sudden shrines, and teh apsara dancers everywhere.
The next stop was the Bayon complex. The bayon is the one that all the paintings we saw later were of, with the enormous heads carved into the towers. They used to think that this was Buddha, but apparently they are a god-king, proving his omniscience. And it is pretty impressive. It has to be said, I doubt that carved heads of Queen Elizabeth would have the same effect. But it is an amusing thought.
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