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Second day in Siem Reap シエムリープの二日目

August 29, 2007

We went to Angkor Wat the morning of the second day. This is the largest religious monument in the world. It is pretty awe-inspiring to walk through. It’s almost hard to believe that a structure with such artistic detail could be created almost 1000 years ago.

Angkor Wat Silhouetteangkor-wat.jpga-wat-framed.jpg

It was built in order to represent the Hindu universe – oceans and mountains surrounding the mythical Mt. Meru, home of the gods. There are approximately 600 meters of bas-reliefs carved into the walls at the base level along with over 2000 apsaras carved throughout the complex. The climb up to the central tower representing Mt. Meru, is not for the faint of heart – it’s really steep. More than one person ended up staying at the bottom while the rest of their group climbed up. Though, I’m pretty sure that some of the people that made it up were wishing they had stayed at the bottom once they saw the climb back down.

Bas relief carvingApsarasGoing up…Central towerGoing down…

Went to a few more temples after lunch from one of the restaurants around Angkor Wat. The most spectacular temple we went to was a 35 minute drive into the country side to see Banteay Srey. It’s a very small temple, compared to Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom but the level of detail in the carvings is amazing. The images are almost 3 dimensional, they’re carved so deeply. It’s actually referred to as the Citadel of Women due to the intricacy of the carvings.
昼ご飯後、田舎に行きました。車で三十分ぐらいかかりました。バンチエー スレイは小さいお寺けどきれいな彫刻があります。三次元な感じがあります。じつはそれからお寺の名前の意味が「女の城砦」です。

Banteay SreyBanteay Srey detail

We actually made it to Ta Prohm next. More commonly known in the Western world as the “Tomb Raider temple”. So called because there is one part of the temple in particular that is used quite prominently in the movie. We were there for about 10 minutes before the heavens opened up. The umbrellas that our driver suggested we take only delayed the inevitable drenching. I can see now how flash floods occur. Even in Hong Kong, I’ve never seen rain come down so hard. Needless to say, that ended the day.

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