Angkor Wat is a temple dedicated to the Hindu God Vishnu built around 1100 AD out in the middle of a jungle by the Khmer Civilization. It came at the tail end of a 300 year temple building spree, is the grandest of all the structures. I’ll spare you the history lesson, but let’s just say it was quite impressive! The surrounding temples were all unique in their own way. I’d highly recommend making the trip should you find yourself in that corner of the world.
This post should probably be broken up into 2-3…but screw it….here you go….
PREPARE FOR TEMPLE OVERLOAD:
sunrise on the East Side…away from the crowds
head thieves….photo cred to Rach
we decided it was all about doorway shots
through the banisters
images of sexy ladies dancing in heaven
so hard to get a shot w/no people in it
our long-winded tour guide
shooting the temple was actually really tricky. I liked this one.
a shot for scale
‘the library’…a structure on the outer perimeter
….and now for the surrounding temples…..
a lesser, unimportant structure….. that we were impressed by!
Faces of Brahma…4/pillar…50+ pillars = 200+ faces
Brahma the Creator
super intricate carvings
gopro captures the magic
Leper King Temple
5 headed cobra on the corner
Nature will always take over
can’t remember the name of this one
They even carved stuff in rivers
happy little jungle scene
Banteay Srei: temple for women
most detailed of all the temples
Gopro nails another one
the spot from Tombraider
nature takin’ over
caught a sunset…
…peeped a rainbow…
…crushed a few more
scampering around Beng Mealea
Ben Mealea ‘library’
Silk Tree roots
humidity = moss
**insert Tarzan call**
Oldest temple in the area. Precursor to Angkor Wat
Banteay Samre at sunrise. We had the whole place to ourselves
Rach snagged some Elephant pants for $3. Perfect for a little impromptu photo sesh
had to get in on the action
I couldn’t resist
Well….there ya have it! There’s no way to convey the size, detail, and layout of the area through photos. You gotta see it for yourself. It was such an unforgettable trip w/an amazing friend. I’ll definitely treasure these photos for the rest of my life.