80 Photos - Dec 9, 2013
Photo: The East gate (back of) Angkor Wat - Our guide took us in the back way to avoid the crush of tourists.Photo: Heading in the back door of Angkor WatPhoto: The main building viewed from the East at Angkor WatPhoto: The scale of the buildings is enormous.Photo: The walls are carved frescos, telling the story of Hinduism. Most Angkor temples were built to honor Hindu gods. Budhism came later.Photo: The 10th century steps.Photo: Locals in traditional dress, and the 20th century steps behind them.Photo: View of one of the towers.Photo: Looking West from the upper floor of the main Angkor Wat building. That is the main entrance.Photo: Built to honor the Hindu God Shiva, later became a Budhist shrine.Photo: Irene and a carving of an earlier visitor.Photo: Early attempts at restoration were disastrous. Now the effort is on preservation.Photo: Carvings at Angkor WatPhoto: No escalator?Photo: The monkeys are attracted by the garbage.Photo: The walkway from the west gate, across the moat. Our guide in the foreground.Photo: The classic view of Angkor WatPhoto: Prasat Bantey SreiPhoto: Banteay Srei, considered by many to be the most beautiful of the Khmer temples. 'Discovered' in 1961.Photo: Carved lintel at Banteay SreiPhoto: DetailPhoto: Banteay SreiPhoto: Banteay SreiPhoto: Banteay SreiPhoto: Banteay Srei contains some of the best, and best preserved carvings.Photo: Banteay SreiPhoto: Banteay Srei, with moat in foreground.Photo: Many in Cambodia today, live much as they did in the 12th century.Photo: Houses are on stilts, due to frequent flooding. The area under the building is the summer quarters.Photo: Ta ProhmPhoto: Ta prohmPhoto: Ta ProhmPhoto: Ta prohm, efforts are to maintain the buildings.Photo: Ta ProhmPhoto: Ta ProhmPhoto: Livestock transportation in Cambodia.Photo: Crossing the moat to Preah Khan. The heads are a more recent loss.Photo: Preah Khan, a temple built to honor the Hindu God Shiva.Photo: Preah Khan was used as a military base by the Vietnamese during the 1978-81 occupation of Cambodia.Photo: Preah KhanPhoto: Carved lintel at Preah KhanPhoto: Preah KhanPhoto: Preah KhanPhoto: Preah Khan, the jungle still trying to reclaim it.Photo: The headless guardian. The heads were lost during the Khmer rouge terror and war with Viet Nam.Photo: preah KhanPhoto: Terrace of the Leper King at Angkor ThomPhoto: Terrace of the elephant king at Angkor Thom.Photo: the terrace wall, Angkor ThomPhoto: Baphuon, Angkor ThomPhoto: the walkway to BauphuonPhoto: BauphuonPhoto: yes, we climbed the stairs.Photo: The view from above, BauphuonPhoto: Bauphuon, back sidePhoto: Bauphuon, through the trees.Photo: Bayon, seen through the treesPhoto: BayonPhoto: Detail of frieze, BayonPhoto: The Khmer King vanquishing his foes.Photo: Faces at Bayon, this one is smiling.Photo: Bayon is famous for its faces.Photo: Locals dressed in 12th century clothes for the tourists.Photo: The dress seems about right.Photo: I think this is Ta KeoPhoto: Ta Keo is rather plain compared to other temples, without the intricate carvings.Photo: view up in the main tower, Ta KeoPhoto: Some atempt at restoration has been done.Photo: There were no 'tourist stairs here'.Photo: Going up these narrow stairs was easy.Photo: The trip down was a little more difficultPhoto: Oh oh, one of the local 'sales people' got to Irene.Photo: The restoration/preservation of Ta Keo is a project of the PRC (China)Photo: Lunch at a Khmer restaurant in Cambodia.Photo: Local chickens hanging around the restaurant, I think I may have had his cousin for lunch!Photo: Sivatha Road, Siem reap, early evening.Photo: The center of (tourist) Night life in Siem ReapPhoto: Heading home from Siem reap, Silk Air A320m aircraft that will take us to SingaporePhoto: Back at Singapore Changi Airport, on our way to catch our LA flight, saw this Christmas(?) decoration.Photo: Back in the USA, the last hop from LA to El Paso.