Cambodia – Angkor Wat

Getting up for sunrise is never a bad idea and somehow it never disappoints. This was more than true for us the morning we went to Angkor Wat, the Hindu/Buddist temple that stretches like a carpet over the jungle close to Siem Reap. Built towards the end of the 12th century the temple was either Hindu or Buddist, depending on the reigning king.

Lost for a couple of centuries, the temple was ‘rediscovered’ in the 1860’s and today stands unrivaled as the largest temple complex in the world. I can tell you this – size is irrelevant here, the astounding beauty is in the detail, as each space seemed to have been filled with intricate carvings into the sandstone.

This temple carries its history with a heavy heart – you can find bullet holes amongst the beautiful sculptures. This place will leave you in awe whether it is on the current list of the Seven Wonders of the Lost World, or not. 😉

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Approaching the Angkor Wat, this photo is of the massive moat that surrounds the temple.
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Sunrise photo, it was stunning.
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Water lilies in the moat.
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Details of the carvings in the sandstone.

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This entire wall was covered with detailed carvings of historical events.
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Tree with birds.
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Owls
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Elephant
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Us.
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Here you can see the laterite stone inner walls of the temple, which was covered with the softer sandstone.
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From one of the cone-shaped towers.
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Market outside the temple getting ready for another busy day.
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Here a renovated face on the bridge.

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