"Archeological Wonder of the World" Angkor Wat by cochinjew

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Hindu Budhist Syncretism

A Tamoul Hindu Prince by the name of Vijayavarman II put the seeds of this great empire in the Siglo IX at the shores of Ton Le Sap, which went on to cnquer parts of South East Asia. Tamoul artisans brought over from the area of Tanjore also brought over Budhism Tanjore was then a great centre Budhist learning. and the round script now Khmer is written in . The complex is very large, in fact it is the largest temple complex in the world.
I came here first in 2002 when there were very few visitors and very few cars. in 2008, millions of visitors, lots of cars, hundreds and hundreds of hotels. but the magnificence does not fade. On this january visit was able to visit Bang Malea as well which was truly adventurous in that it is still in its dilapidated state. the drive through the country side was welcome

Neak Pean: the coiled serpents

The temple of Neak Pean is set ina large, square, man made pond , bordred by steps and surrounded by four smaller square pools
Shrine is dedicated to Avalokiteshvara.
Bodies of two serpents encircle the base of the islanda nd their tails entwine on the west side. thus the name coiled sepents.

The most photographed temple ruins

is of course Tah Prohm with its eery atmosphere. It is better to take your time to see Angkor. You cannot see anything much in just one day. Three days minimum to get a good idea or repeat visits. Bantey Srei is a must and while there avoid the food there. Food in the tourist areas outside siem reap is deplorable because they got you captive. so take something with you or comeback to siem reap for a noon rest and a lunch.

Thanks to Air Asia and Tony Fernandes and Jetstar and Qantas, our Singaporean and Malaysian Brothers and sisters are also able to visit this world heritage site

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:One of the greatest remnants of ancient hindu-budhist empire of the east
  • Cons:Very soon the number of visitors from all over the world would overwhelm you
  • In a nutshell:GO NOW WITHIN A YEAR OR TWO.. please
  • Last visit to Angkor Wat: Jan 2008
  • Intro Updated Jan 31, 2008
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