The Angkors of Sieam Reap, Cambodia

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At last new blog post, thanks to my injury I’m able to have time and write something on my blog.

Last September 2014, Me and my travel buddies went to Cambodia for  a backpacking getaway. We were just a bunch of mid-twenties yuppies who are still allergic to marriage and family and so focus on crossing-out our long wishlist.

Our first destination was in Phnom Penh and I will be posting a separate blog post for that for the mean time I will be focus on our Sieam Reap trip here specifically the temples. And at the late  afternoon we travel to Sieam Reap, northwestern Cambodia via van for 8 hours @.@

Then we  headed to  our backpacker hotel where 9 of us in 1 room, It was fun, I thought it would be so difficult and uncomfortable but no! you can meet  different people from different countries and it still relaxing though, still safe and not far from the shopping area.

So on the early morning, we then headed to the famous Angkor Wat , we hired a cheap tuk-tuk driver from our hostel to the Angkor area.

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It was a breath-taking experience seeing the majestic palace of the King of Cambodia.

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The temple is visually, architecturally and artistically majestic in every corner and angle. Nostalgic feels surround the area. Traces of history will leave you yearning for the past. The whole experience is fascinating.

Considered as the lost Kingdom of Cambodia it is the largest temple in a labyrinth of seemingly endless ruins. The temples of Angkor built in the early 12th century represent the epitome of classical Khmer architecture. It was in the 1860s that the jungle ruins were made famous to the western world by French explorer Henri Mouhot.

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We took the one-day entrance to the Angkor area which costs $20 per person. Many people cycle through Angkor, which is a great idea if it’s not 100+ degrees outside (which it most definitely was on this day!)

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The temple was built by the Khmer King Suryavarman II in the first half 12th century. The historians estimated the construction time as long as 30 years!!!

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While wandering around the ancient ruins, it was really incredible to imagine how it’s like here millennium years ago…How the cambodian ruled by their Angkor kings and to live the life of serving their master and building their templates.

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After Angkor Wat, Then we head to my favorite temple “The Bayon”  which stands at the centre of Jayavarman’s capital though it is small compare to the Angkor Wat but it’s more visual treat and most of the ruins are here.

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The other temples just next to Bayon and can be given a quick look at the Elephant terraces and the Terrace of the Leper King.

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My next favorite… The Angkor Thom is 32km of walled, moated city built by an old King. Well, built by his people. Each of its five gates is crowned with four glaring stone faces to announce that it’s kind of a big deal.

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The Reclining Buddah – if you can see it.

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Ta prohm aka as “Angelina Jolie”. It is famous as the  location where the hit film titled  The Tomb raider.The temple is in the middle of heavy restoration work which is being done by the Archaeological Society of India (ASI). This is one of the few temples which has been left as it is and is reminiscent of the times to which it belongs with large trees and roots running all across.

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The impressive Banteay Srei stands 30Km from Siem Reap and its modern name means the ‘citadel of beauty’ and correctly so. It is the most intricately carved structure of the time made of red sandstone. The quality of the stone and the intricacy lends a lovely mellifluous charm to it. This is a temple dedicated to Shiva and has carvings of mythical representations of many of his forms. The temple is also full of many tales from the Ramayana and has many a carvings of Hanuman (the monkey-god).

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It’s one of the best travel I’ve been to. from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap it’s different. Siem Reap is a tourist friendly country and people are so nice. There are a number of local artists selling their paintings in the night-markets and in the temple compound. It is worth having a look at the local artists and taking a flavour of Cambodia home.

It was a great experience, can’t wait to travel outside Asia and discover there ancient architectures, culture , arts and the people.

 

 

 

 

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