Monday, April 4, 2011

The temples of Angkor Wat

The temples of Angkor Wat are undoubtedly a wonder, spectacular, magnificent, unique as the Pyramids. Hundreds of different Hindu, and Buddhist temples, great facilities, total miles of bas-reliefs, sculptures and thousands of great architecture. That alone is worth a trip to Southeast Asia. Painted in the whole 800-1200 is our era.

What are the highlights of Angkor Wat? Three attractions compete in the favor of the visitors to the top position: the Bayon, Angkor Wat and Ta Prohm just. My tip: 2 days you should take at least, early morning start, a three-hour midday siesta, the best swimming pool of the hotel and then insert again to sunset a visit. The pass for two or three days for $ 40.

In the morning I started at the Bayon. This temple as part of the ancient city of Angkor Thom is best known by the 200 grand and mysterious smiling faces are enormous, often mounted on all four sides of a tower. The south gate of Angkor Thom is reached by a bridge, which is bordered on the left and right by a gallery of sculptures.

The Bayon is part of the former city of Angkor Thom, which still has numerous temples. Now and again, the temple also covered by trees, which are fantastic photo opportunities.

Angkor Wat is the largest and most impressive building of Angkor. Encloses a 190 meter wide moat, Angkor Wat, a huge square with a side length of 1500 times 1300 meters long. The galleries outside of the temple shows a 800-meter-long bas-relief, the various battles and episodes from the Ramayana epic depicts. Literally everywhere, on every level, in each gallery are bas-reliefs, ornaments, stone carvings to admire the flowers, so you should definitely bring a lot of time (and drinking!). Also, because the ascent to the higher level next arg is sweaty. A Japanese tourist was at the 15th share of 31 super high levels of bad dizzy and with the help of her compatriots, she had to be passed down, for she dared not move forward or backward. Time and again we see young Buddhist monks who are going through probably their three months' training in the monastery, on tour, even with cameras and do not forget, with cell phones! The monks are no longer what they used to beg because of just and pious scowl.

Evening, then the mountain Phnom Bakheng visitors each day on the rushes, for a sunset view of Angkor Wat is in turn surrounded by woods and on the other side of the Tonle Sap lake in the background, a subject of postcard quality. The mountain is a very steep climb up it, but can be managed most pleasant on the back of an elephant. Given the fantastic surroundings, the whole atmosphere and mood is an unforgettable experience. Despite the $ 15 highly recommended. Lack of sun a couple of pictures (this time unsuccessful people waiting).

Banteay Srei, the jewel of jewels, is a small temple, about 20kilometers away the Bayon . Architecturally, it is slightly less conspicuous, even 200 years older than Angkor Wat, but very well preserved, clear and delicate bas reliefs, beautiful miniatures. Good photos will be used in any case a telephoto lens and tripod to zoom in on the thumbnails.

Ta Prohm is one look at as well? Definitely a must for all fans of the movie Tomb Raider. Here Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft so sexy gymnastics in ancient jungle of overgrown ruins. This is exactly Ta Prohm. The attraction is simply that nothing has changed and this temple is therefore contrary to the impression which may have been the discoverer. It shows how enormously fruitful nature is and how the jungle brings everything back. Fantastically of enormous tree roots overgrown ruins, corridors in the grip of nature. When will all probably be crumbling? Should not the temple but would rather save? That is the difficult question to be decided. There are many courtyards and narrow corridors, some impassable because of fallen rocks or trees that have overgrown everything.

Preah Khan is clearly in better condition than Ta Prohm, however, partly overgrown by trees. Many interesting breakthroughs, a small two-story portico, which there is nowhere else, here is worth seeing.

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