Temples, temples and temples, oh my!

Posted on October 30, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Hello all

Firstly a quick apology for the slowing updates. We were just on a tropical island off the coast of Malaysia for 4 days, and there was no internet to be had. Also, we had bon bons to eat. But we are back. Hurrah! So, Angkor Wat.

I will not bore you with loads of superlatives, so make do with the one; astounding. For those unfamiliar, a couple of facts. Built by the Khmer dynasty from the 9th to 13th century, covering several miles, there are scores of temples and buildings built by various kings. There is the ruin of a city that housed over a million people and Angkor Wat itself (the most famous building for which the area is named) is the largest building of worship in the world.

Phew! Facts! For those hungry for more, check this out. For those that like pictures and highlights, hold on to your hats:


James on a temple (Preah Khan) that we visited on day one (we spent 3 days there in all).


This is at a lesser known temple called Ta Som. Lovely little temple, with this surprise at the back for those that go far enough in!


On the second day we cycled around the temples, probably covering about 40km in all. This picture is for those that doubt I would have done it. In truth, it was our favourite day.


This is at the mostly overgrown temple at Ta Prohm that we visited on day 2. The authorities have made it safe but otherwise left it as was when 'rediscovered'. It was one of our favourites as we got to explore and climb about.


Us at one of the earlier temples (Bakong) built in the 9th century.


A closeup carving on the Terrace of the Elephants which is in the ancient city of Angkor Thom


This is the Bayon temple, also in Angkor Thom. There are over 200 faces carved into the temple on huge towers, one for each of the provinces of the Khmer dynasty at the time


This is Angkor Wat itself, and its reflection, obviously!

There are even more pics in our photostreams here and here.

Hope all is well with ye all. Stories of Malaysia soon!

xR

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