24th July 2017
The beautiful temples around Angkor
We had the pleasure of visiting three temples with a fantastic guide.
Angkor Wat, featured image, is an Indianized temple complex in Cambodia and the largest religious monument in the world, with the site measuring 162.6 hectares (402 acres).It was originally constructed as a Hindu temple of god Vishnu for the Khmer Empire, gradually transforming into a Buddhist temple towards the end of the 12th century.
Ta Prohm, bottom left, has been largely left to the clutches of the living jungle! With its dynamic interaction between nature and man-made art, this atmospheric temple is our favourite. Construction on Ta Prohm began in 1186 AD. Originally known as Rajavihara (Monastery of the King), Ta Prohm was a Buddhist temple dedicated to the mother of King Jayavarman VII.
Bayon, bottom right, is known for its huge stone faces of the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, with one facing outward and keeping watch at each compass point. The curious smiling image, thought by many to be a portrait of Jayavarman himself, has been dubbed by some the “Mona Lisa of Southeast Asia.”