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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Angkot Wat - Cambodia Part II

Angkor Wat

Next destination is Angkor Wat temple. The best known temple in Cambodia , the largest religious building in the world. The temple was first dedicated to Vishnu.

Let's get going to the temple!! Me walking on the original bridge built during Angkorian era, and on my right side is the one restored by French. Can you see the different?

Angkor Wat temple attracts more than thousand tourist a day, can you believe that? More than thousand tourist o.k? Amazing temple attracts amazing number of tourist.

Moat surrounding Angkot Wat. Believe to have thousand of crocodiles in the water during Angkor empire.

"Show your pass here, please" which is a must thing to do before you enter the temple.

From the point of view of tourist, monks dressed in their striking orange saffron robes, make an excellent photo shots, particularly if they happen to carry modern accessory such as hand phone or umbrella. If asked, monks are usually happy to be photographed. But for ladies, be careful around monks. Try not to walk too near to them, as one of their vows is to forego any physical contact with the fairer sex.

A carved stone lion statute stands on guard near a causeway over the huge water reservoir and moat surrounding Angkor Wat.

Luckily we went there during dry-cold season, hot but breezy.

Angkor Wat reflected in moat.

Beautiful Angkor Wat.

Seven headed serpent or "naga"forms a stone balustrade besides a walkway leading into a building of Angkor Wat.

This is just the beginning of my journey, and a lot more to explore after this...

Me cam-whoring before entering the second level of Angkor Wat.

Huge Angkor Wat, small me. This place where i sat on is believed to be a pool during Angkorian era. The water stored in the pool is believed to be a holy water. Those who were sick and drank water from this pool, would be cured. How true was that? Only if there's water in the pool, i would dare to try..Too bad, the pool has dried up..no more water left for me.. LOL

Me trying so hard to climb the long, steep flight of stairs, that explains why it's being called stairway to heaven.

Such a tiring vacation ever!! Non stop walking and climbing.

Me at the second level of Angkor Wat.

Lotus flowers were sources of inspiration for Angkor Wat.

incredibly huge Angkor Wat temple makes me look so tiny here

majestic towers shaped like lotus buds
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let's listen & watch this video, what Mr. Bun has to say about this temple

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Unique architectural site of Angkor

Mr. Bun: "Faster you guys, come here, i want to tell you guys about this wall"
Me: "Wait Mr. Bun, can't you see? I'm in the midst of taking pic here"


Mr. Bun : "Such a hot day in Cambodia, let's drink"
Me : heehhehe

A fortune teller is also available here in Angkor Wat temple.

Excited me posing like a "wannabe-next top-model"

The holes were drilled by hand, and later hooks were placed into the holes and pull by the elephant from Khulen mountain to build the Angkor Wat temple. Two holes mean one elephant was used to pull the sandstone.

Bullet holes on the wall

Sanskrit words carved on the stone, full of stories of Angkorian era.

Steep flight of stairs that killed the King

Larva stones as a base foundation to build the Angkor Wat temple.

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Apsara Dancer


During Angkorian era, Apsara dance performances were enjoyed by Kings and common people.


The graceful movements of the Apsara dancer are carved on the walls.

*topless*

The face and some other body parts of this Apsara dancer is shiny from close to a thousand years of having people touch and rub it, probably hoping that they will become as pretty as the carved apsara dancer.

Angkor Wat really deserves its title as the 7th wonder of the world.


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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Cambodia at first glance - PART I

Some says you must visit Angkor Wat before you die. At first i was wondering, why on earth one says such thing? What is so special about Angkor? Ain't it just a building? Not until i witnessed it myself, Angkor Wat isn't just a building but it's a world most wonder building (temple) ever built.

We took an early flight from LCCT to Siem Reap.

Not to forget the passport (to bring) and the arrival/ departure card(to fill in).

YES! Everyone can now fly with Air Asia including me. I can now fly to Siem Reap with Air Asia.

Got jet-legged a little but still i can smile when it comes to cam-whoring.

~Can you see my wings? Yup, i fly here with my wings. "I believe i can fly....I believe I can touch the sky..."

Our first destination~ Bakong temple.

NOTE: Not to forget to purchase the PASS. Ours is the 3 days PASS which cost USD40. Without the Pass, you may not be able to enter the temple(s). The pass even got my photo printed on it, this is to prevent the pass being passed to others.
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Bakong Temple

Bakong temple appears to be the first pyramid-style temple build in Cambodia. It's a Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva.

The reason why Bakong temple is called "temple-mountain".

The destroyed bull statute facing the temple is believed to be a scarification to Shiva (Hindu).

Our private guide "Mr. Bun", explaining to us on how the stones were carried by the elephants from Khulen mountain to build Bakong temple.

The beautifully-carved Apsara dancer.

Mr. Bun who was so excited to tell us the history of Bakong temple.

view from north-gate of Bakong temple

How on earth can they build this temple with huge yet heavy stone(s), their size must be triple my size ~imagine that~
Bakong temple really looks like pyramid from this angle.

Elephant statute was carved on a huge stone as a appreciation to the elephants for carrying the stones from Khulen mountain to build Bakong temple.

Bakong temple, is a mountain-temple to remember.
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Preah Ko

This temple is believed to be the first temple built in Rolous Group and it was dedicated to Hinduism.

Preah Ko is also known as temple of Sacred Bull, derives its name from the many bull statutes placed facing the temple's central tower.

One of the bull (Nandi) sculptures in front of the base platform.

showing us the difference,the sandstone and the new bricks restored by the French

the Shiva God statute restored by French

finely carved stucco

finely carved Sanskrit on the stones tell the stories on how the temple was built

beautifully carved stucco of Apsara dancer(s)

Most of the carved stucco of Apsara dancer statute's heads were stolen and destroyed by the bandits and French restored them

Preah Ko is a must see temple.

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