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Angkor Wat

Angkor Archaeological Park, Cambodia


Angkor Wat

After lunch (it was a good one for me, but thumbs down from my veggie wife) at a local restaurant, we headed off to the destination of the day - Angkor Wat, the largest and most famous temple in the Angkor Archaeological Park. We entered through the rare entrance and we didn't realize we were at Angkor Wat until we reached the front part a couple of hours later, probably because we had always pictured the more popular full front view.

Rear entrance...

Angkor Wat was built in the 12th century AD by the Khmer King Suryavarman II (a predecessor of the emperor Jayavarman VII) in dedication to Hindu deity Vishnu and it also served as his state temple. Today, it is the best preserved temple in the park and has also become a symbol for Cambodia, appearing on it's national flag and also as the prime tourist puller for this nation. The architecture is distinctly Khmer..constructing temples like steep mountains (symbolizing Mount Meru, home of the Hindu deities) and being surrounded by a watery moat (symbolizing that the world is surrounded by oceans).

The bas-reliefs of the temple wall contain scenes from Hindu mythology such as the Churning of the sea of milk for Amritha (nectar), Mahabharata war, episodes from the Ramayana, Krishna's victory over demon Banasura and images of Apsaras (celestial dancers) and Hindu deities.

We also saw some of the steepest steps (they were off limits when we visited) ..i wonder how would people climb those then.

My wife stacking up stones for good luck...

Lord Buddha being worshipped...

And Vishnu...

We reached the front section after a couple of hours of exploring the temple. And here we were !!!.. a magnificent image that we would always remember..

Few other snaps in the temple grounds...

By the way, we did a visit a local super market that late evening, was just a short walk from our hotel...

Posted by arunbaliga 03:00 Archived in Cambodia Tagged cambodia siem_reap angkor_wat angkor

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