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Sunday, October 14, 2012

The Temples of Cambodia


Bayon Temple
Bayon Temple (my favorite temple)

I fell in love with traveling by accident in 2008, when I got spontaneously invited by my aunt to Thailand. After that trip, I promised myself that I will buy my own camera, Sundays (Nikon D40); and that I'll visit more UNESCO World Heritage Sites, I'll travel more. Angkor Wat seemed to be the most famous complex of temples in Southeast Asia, the most feasible during that time. It took me two years. But I made it happen. I guess this was when my love for travel started to become a big priority in my life. :)

And I pursued that plan, that dream. And it was more than I could have ever imagined.

Angkor Wat
Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat Sunrise 2
waiting for the sunrise in Angkor Wat

There's just something about ruins that fascinate me. It's more than the history and the richness in culture, it's the feeling of being transported into another time.

Bayon Temple 2
entrance to the Bayon Temple

Bayon Temple 3
Bayon Temple eastern side

The temples. How do I even start to describe them? No photo can perfectly depict their beauty and grandness. 

Baksei Chomkrong
Baksei Chamkrong

Angkor Wat 2
Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat 3
Angkor Wat with the MIB girls :)

Just because the temples are in the same area, you'd think that they will have the same carvings and details, but they don't. Each has its own story, each has its own unique charm.

Bayon Buddha Faces
Buddha faces, Bayon Temple

Ta Prohm
Ta Prohm

Pre-Rup
Pre-Rup

Banteay Kdei
Banteay Kdei

Banteay Kdei 2
Banteay Kdei

Prasat Kravan 2
Prasat Kravan

Thomannon
Thomannon

Baksei Chamkrong
Baksei Chamkrong

The effort they gave for their kings and for their religion deserves so much respect and admiration. It's no surprise that the temples are the pride of their country. And I'm just lucky to have been given the chance to see and experience them first-hand.

Angkor Wat 5
Angkor Wat

And some special moments :)

Angkor Wat Sunrise
sunrise :)

Bayon Temple Rainbow
rainbow around the sun :)

Angkor Wat Monks
monks in Angkor Wat. i just love the contrast of their 
bright orange robes to the earthly brown grounds of Angkor Wat

Banteay Kdei Paintings
hand paintings :)