Monday, March 19, 2018

Angkor Wat Temple

Angkor Wat is an ancient city in Cambodia that was the center of the Khmer empire that once ruled most of Southeast Asia. This civilization went extinct, but not before building amazing temples and buildings that were reclaimed by the jungle for hundreds of years. Though this place is always packed with tourists, the area is still breathtaking to see. The most popular temples are Angkor Wat, Bayon, Ta Phrom, and Angkor Thom. 
 Crossing the rubber "dancing bridge" made up of flotation panels

 Built between roughly A.D. 1113 and 1150, and encompassing an area of about 500 acres (200 hectares), Angkor Wat is one of the largest religious monuments ever constructed. Its name means “temple city.”Originally built as a Hindu temple dedicated to the god Vishnu, it was converted into a Buddhist temple in the 14th century, and statues of Buddha were added to its already rich artwork. 
Its 213-foot-tall (65 meters) central tower is surrounded by four smaller towers and a series of enclosure walls, a layout that recreates the image of Mount Meru, a legendary place in Hindu mythology that is said to lie beyond the Himalayas and be the home of the gods. 

 Balloon ride over the area.

Buddhist Shrine
 This morning we left at 5am to travel back to Angkor Wat to see the sunrise over the temple.

 After the sunrise, a champagne breakfast at the Monastery provided by catering school students.


  1. Temples and champagne, quite a contrast!

  2. The stunning sunrise silhouette and water reflection was well worth the early start, even with no champagne.
    Love the tree frieze too, but the monkeys not so much.

  3. Beautiful, especially at sunrise!

  4. Those rascals, the monkeys, are interesting to observe.

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