Hi, thanks for coming. I went to Canbodia in December 2010/January 2011. I have posted photos of Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Angkor Thom, the Children of Cambodia, Ta Promh, and now this is the final posting of the famous of all - Angkor Wat. The sequence of photos follows sunrise, a day visit, and finally sunset. And as sun sets on Angkor Wat I know I have to go back there. It is an enchanting place in our world. If you haven't been I hope you go too.
At 5.30 am on a surprisingly cool morning we set off for the journey that so many have done before us - to see the sun rise behind Angkor Wat.
The first few photos were taken as the sun rose. It was magical.
Dramatic sky with reflection in the pond
The water lilies already saluting
The morning crowd, all
hoping for the perfect photo
The sky lightens
And now it is light. Wonderful to witness.
Worth the early rise and time for breakfast!
It's best, for photography, to visit the temple
from the east entrance in the morning to get
the sun behind you.
A monk walks in the gardens
Angkor Wat was built in the
early 12th century. It was built to
be the state temple and capital city
of King Suryavarman II. At this
time the Khmer Empire ruled most
of what is now Southeast Asia.
Many stories, mostly of Hindu battles
are told on the walls of the temple
It was dedicated to the Hindu God,
Vishnu, the creator and destroyer
of all human existence
This is a very special (to me)
manifestation of human existence!
There are thousands of devatas (guardian spirits)
and apsaras (celestial beings) carved in bas-relief
on the walls of Angkor Wat. Devata is a: 'female
divinity', in Cambodia depicted in bas‐relief with
bare chest, wearing a long sampot'
(Brugier/Lacroix, p. 260). 'Apsara: nymphs of the
water, created at the churning of the sea.' Apsara
are creatures, not deities. Ravishing beauties,
they are dancing in the heaven for the amusement
of the gods. (Brugier/Lacroix, p. 259).
Angkor Wat is the world's largest religious
building. After it's Hindu origins it became
a Buddhist temple
Angkor Wat is a national symbol
and it appears on the Cambodian
Angkor was declared as a World Heritage
Site by UNESCO, in 1992.
Compelling sculptures of devatas.
I love the colour contrasts in
There are more devatas (the
standing ladies) than apsaras(the
It is thought there are about 2000
sculptures of devatas/apsaras at
Just to show we were there!
Love the lines on this one
Many armed form
It's so old!
Look closely at the figurines
And now it's sunset
Monks returning after their visit
This shows a small part of the moat that
surrounds Angkor Wat
A very different light to the sunrise
Children playing in the early evening
The sun sets and we begin to walk home
Our last night visit to Angkor Wat
Sad but heart-full
Committed to going back
Next time photos of an "old" part of Singapore!