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Blackburn, England, United Kingdom
April 19, 2013
From journal Amazing Angkor
Singapore, Central Singapore, Singapore
May 30, 2010
May 21, 2010
From journal Lost Butt in Angkor Wat
Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv, Israel
February 18, 2009
From journal Godless Angkor
June 16, 2008
March 7, 2006
One of the charms of Angkor in general is the large number of temples, each with their own character. However, Angkor Wat is justifiably the most well known, if only for its size. You cross the causeway over the surrounding moat and enter the first gateway to see that the causeway continues into the distance before reaching the temple buildings. The central part is set high above the surrounding countryside. As at Ta Keo, steep steps climb to the top and even with the handrail it’s a test of nerves.
We went back in the afternoon to have a look at the carvings on the wall of the lower gallery. Depictions of historical and mythical characters and events run for hundreds of metres, the stone in places rubbed to a dark colour by many exploring hands.
From journal The Temples at Angkor
Broadbeach Waters, Australia
February 26, 2006
Keep your eyes peeled for the families of monkeys on the side of the road just before you reach Angkor Wat. They make a great photo opportunity.
When you first arrive you enter through a long causeway over the moat, into the temple complex itself. We opted to walk on into the centre of the main temple complex first.
If you do this remember that the gallery in the outside wall holds some of the most amazing bas-relief carvings, including the famous Churning of the Ocean Milk. These extend around the interior of the wall, about 1km in total. If you arrive amidst a flurry of tour buses, come back after they leave as you won’t get a look in otherwise. They are so beautifully carved, it is like watching an epic story unfold before your eyes. They need to be followed counterclockwise to follow the story. Within the main temple complex ,there are many more carvings of the Asparas and other relief’s. I really loved the way nearly every window opening had these beautifully-carved small stone pillars, I don’t know their technical name but some were in false windows for ornamentation and others formed a semi-curtain over actual openings. You then need to climb up the towers, be warned that the steps are very steep and not for the fainthearted. There are many more chambers with offerings, and you receive a fabulous view of Angkor and the surrounding countryside.
One of the nicest things about Angkor Wat is the large number of monks that you meet whilst wandering around, all keen to practice their English and meet travelers from various parts of the world. They're happy to be photographed, and are very photogenic at that. We also had a young girl start scampering behind us. After some time she became less shy, and once we coaxed her out with some gummy bears that was it, she was with us for our whole visit. When she was tired, she gave a yawn and disappeared.
From journal Amazing Temples of Angkor
February 20, 2006
From journal In the Footsteps of Lara Croft
New York, New York
January 19, 2006
From journal Pretending to be a Tomb Raider
Vancouver, British Columbia
November 29, 2005
Definitely worthy of an entry of their own entry, the carvings at Angkor Wat and surrounding temples are a sight to behold. Although many of the carvings have had some of their detail worn away by the elements, there are still lots of examples that look like they might have been carved only a few years ago. While most of the temples now house statues of the Buddha, they were originally built at a time when the Khmer Empire was dominantly Hindu. Consequently, almost all of the carvings are representations of the Hindu pantheon and/or scenes from Hindu mythology. Even a little effort to learn about the Hindu gods and the classic myth "The Ramayana" will be rewarded with a much richer understanding of the carvings.
For most Westerners, some sort of guide or guidebook will be essential. I picked one up right outside the Temple for $6 from a street vendor and referred to it almost constantly while I was moving through the temples. I did some background reading from the guide on history, culture, building methods, materials, etc., and I found that it significantly improved my appreciation and understanding of the carvings on the second day. One thing to remember is that lighting can make a huge difference. Angkor Wat has over 2,000 Devatas, and I particularly enjoyed noting the difference it made to view them in the shade, the morning/evening light, and the bright midday sun.
From journal Angkor Wat in a Day