Angkor Wat in Black & White

ANGKOR WATAngkor Wat is something I dreamed about seeing ever since I was young.  I should have known I was going to major in archaeology since the top places I have always wanted to visit are the Pantheon, the Parthenon, the Pyramids, Machu Picchu, the Hagia Sophia and of course Angkor Wat.   Angkot Wat was always so far away though.  I never really considered actually visiting Cambodia.  I figured one day I would get there but it was never a first choice.  But then my best friend, Christopher, decided to teach english in Malaysia and bam! I had an opportunity like no other to visit.  I knew immediately that we would have to visit Angkor Wat.

 

Angkor Wat was everything I dreamed of and more.  It was HUGE and imposing, crumbling and in ruins and yet standing majestically and proud.  The complex was almost overwhelming and I wish we had had more time to explore.  We were able to hit several different temples throughout the day especially with the 4am wake up call.  Here is just a little glimpse of the temples we explored while I pretended I was Indiana Jones 🙂

The Moat before Angkor Wat
The moat that surrounds and guards Angkor Wat
The famous main temple of Angkor Wat.  We got here before sunrise to catch the mythical sunrise but of course it was so overcast we couldn't see anything.  The best thing about coming early was we were there before all the tour buses
The famous main temple of Angkor Wat. We got here before sunrise to catch the mythical sunrise but of course it was so overcast we couldn’t see anything. The best thing about coming early was we were there before all the tour buses

Angkor Wat Temple Details

Baskei Chamkrong is a small temple we discovered when we decided to walk to Banyon Temple.  Walking was one of the best things we could have done because it allowed us to explore lesser known temples.  We were able to climb to the top of this temple and view the Sanskrit writing on the temple doors.  The temple lists all the Khmer kings even before Angkorian times.
Baskei Chamkrong is a small temple we discovered when we decided to walk to Banyon Temple. Walking was one of the best things we could have done because it allowed us to explore lesser known temples. We were able to climb to the top of this temple and view the Sanskrit writing on the temple doors. The temple lists all the Khmer kings even before Angkorian times.

Bridge to Banyon

The many faces of Banyon Temple
The many faces of Banyon Temple

Banyon TempleClose Up of the Banyon Faces

Monkey at Angkor Wat

Ta Phrom was what I had always envisioned the ruins to be; run down, crumbling, perhaps the home of the lost idol :)
Ta Prohm was what I had always envisioned the ruins to be; run down, crumbling, perhaps the home of the lost idol 🙂 Or plenty of tourists

Details at Ta Prohm

Crumbling Ruins of Ta Prohm
While the archaeologist in me was sadden to see how the ruins have been abandoned and not taken care of, it was absolutely fascinating to see how the jungle is taking over these ruins. It was a surreal place to see nature overtake the ruins of a civilization.

Sculptural Details at Ta Prohm

Endless Arches at Ta Prohm

Sculptural Reliefs at Angkor Wat

The entrance to Ta Prohm and the last site we saw of the spectacular ruins of Angkor Wat
The entrance to Ta Prohm and the last sight we saw of the spectacular ruins of Angkor Wat

 

Have you ever been to Angkor Wat?  What was your favorite spot?

 

 

 

 

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