"Facing to the west and stairway to heaven" Top 5 Page for this destination Angkor Wat by ukirsari

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Satu petang di Angkor [One evening at Angkor]

Bagaimana caraku mengenangmu
Melintasi kelima pilar meru
Yang memaknai langit biru
Di Phumi Siem Reab
Sekaligus aksentuasi magis pada garis cakrawala
[how can I remember you
throughout the five pillars of "meru"
which noted under the blue sky
in the land of Siem Reab
giving a magical accentuation in the horizon]

Pada Yang Esa
Dipuja semesta alam
Lewat undak-undakan terjal Angkor
Dalam ruang persembahan
Kudus oleh doa yang meruapi seluruh hati
Perlambang kepulangan
Pada rumah
Ketika hari berangkat senja
Saat matahari merebahkan diri ke barat
[to the Almighty One
to whom worshiped in this earth
by the steep stairway of Angkor
in the chamber for praying
holy by the prayers which mirrored into the heart
symbolizing of going home
when the daylight changing into night fall
when the sun laying to the west]

Adiluhung karya manusia
Pada siapapun yang menggarisbawahi
Keesaan semesta
Tanpa perlu mendebat, menghakimi
Bahkan menghapus sejarah
Seperti ledakan yang dicipta Khmer Merah
Tiada daya mereka di hadapan Mu yang penuh damai
[a human masterpiece
to whom will underlining
the one in the universe
without arguing, judging
or even erasing the history
like the bombing blast created by Khmer Rouge
seems powerless in the front of your peaceful face]

Kepada meru
Yang memberi bayang maya pada perjalanan panjang manusia
Menuju keabadian Nya
Kepada siapa aku tunduk sejenak
Merasai hadiah yang Kau berikan berabad lalu
Sebelum semua kisah menjadi sejarah
Sebelum waktu membeku
Di gerbang Nirwana
Pada ruang doa
Sekaligus tempat pemakaman
Kepadamu saya datang, wahai keagungan
[to the "meru"
which gives shadows for the long journey of men
through the eternity
to whom I give my respect
feeling your gift from the ancient of centuries
before any stories becomes histories
before the time frozen
in the gateway of heaven
in the chamber of praying
also the cemetery
to you I come, oh the holy Great one]

* ukirsari, duapuluh satu agustus 2003, disaksikan tanah dan langit Angkor*

ad: meru = the top tower of temples in Hinduism, symbolizing the relation of men to the universe and the One which created them

The Sanctuary

Arie: Sideth, why these stairs so steep and narrow, not like any other staircases I'd ever seen like Borobudur and so ...
Sideth: A very good question, Arie. This temple, mirroring the journey of soul from the world to Nirvana. So, why the body has to climb up like human? It's not necessary, the soul can fly as light as cloud, wind or even bird
Arie: Oh, so romantic and very touching!
Sideth: Yes, that's true. It's also became a funeral temple for King Jayavarman II and the fact about the position facing to the west.
Arie: I know. In Hindu, it's reflecting death. Face to the sunset, symbolizing someone's going old and preparing his way to Nirvana.
Sideth: Correct! Arie, do you want to pray at the highest tower of Angkor?
Arie: Sure! I will.
Sideth: You can leave that small backpack with me here.
Arie: Okhon chran, Sideth
[Om, shanti shanti om. Katur ingkang pangabekti Gusti Allah, dalem ukirsari manggalani Soepijono-Brodjokaloso ngaturaken matur nuwun sanget dening kesempatan ngambah mawi tanah lan ndalem para trah lan leluhur .... Mugi diberkahi sadaya ingkang dados lelakon urip menika. Mugi kamulyan. Mugi kaendahan sadereng srengenge lengser, kados pralambang kawontenan Angkor Wat lan Phnom Bakheng]

The mighty ancient Khmer Empire

The name 'angkor' literaly derived from Sanskrit lingo 'nagara' [in Khmer becomes 'nokorn', in Kawi becomes 'nagara' then 'nagari', meanwhile in Indonesian becomes 'negeri' or 'negara'] means 'the city'. Then 'wat' means 'a place for the worshippers' [in Buddhism]. Angkor Wat is the cultural home of the Khmer people and known as one of The Seven Wonders in the World. Then got a title 'The World Heritage 1992' from UNESCO.

Appeared at the Cambodia national flag, Angkor Wat was rediscovered by a French naturalist; Henri Mouhot [1826 - 1861] in 1860. So-called 'rediscovery' because 'The Lost City of Angkor' ever be written in the diaries among explorers and Jesuit priests in 16th century.

The era of Angkor begins at the reigning of King Jayavarman II (802 - 834). The kings of ancient Khmer Empire after him follows his steps to build the beautiful temples as symbols of their powers. It's becomes huge complex temples called Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom nowadays, which mirrored the mighty Khmer Empire during 6 centuries [802 - 1431] under reigning of 22 kings. Zhou Daguan, the diplomat from Yuan Dynasty [China] noted this history during his visit in Cambodia at the past centuries.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Number one temples and ruins category. Amazing!
  • Cons:~always in renovation, under construction~
  • In a nutshell:Have to be here and be witness of one of the seven wonders
  • Last visit to Angkor Wat: Aug 2003
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • auspilot's Profile Photo
    Jul 4, 2011 at 9:44 PM

    beautiful ...................

  • Feb 18, 2008 at 3:05 AM

    Great page, great place. I would love to go, but the idea seems so impossible to me at the moment. Thanks for giving me a taster anyway :)

  • bkarjee's Profile Photo
    Dec 25, 2006 at 8:08 PM

    Hi Ukirsari, Long time no see. Hope you are doing fine. I am planning to visit Angkor Wat from 29 Dec. I see a lot of similarities between temples in Java and Angkor. Did u expeience the same thing? Any common or shared history between the two places?

  • Sep 15, 2006 at 12:13 AM

    jenniferchin told me that your angkor pages were inspiring, so i've come to take a peek. beautiful black and white photos, and loved your words! nice job arie! // great tips too!

  • Sep 13, 2006 at 7:37 PM

    i love your page

  • Sue08080's Profile Photo
    May 26, 2006 at 5:10 AM

    Marvelous photos and tips! Thank you!

  • elpariente's Profile Photo
    Feb 12, 2006 at 6:34 AM

    Your Cambodia pages are very interesting and you have very good photos

  • dfactor's Profile Photo
    May 22, 2005 at 3:49 AM

    I like some of your pictures of Angkor. Great job.

  • DaDrifter's Profile Photo
    Mar 22, 2005 at 11:39 PM

    Fabulous pages @rie ... stunning pictures ... hope to make it to this magical place some day. Thanks for sharing.

  • cheapskate's Profile Photo
    Feb 18, 2005 at 8:10 PM

    You've got a wonderful page on Angkor Wat.. Superb experience! I love it there too.. Nice meeting you too! Take Care =)


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