We were up early and excited to see more of Angkor. I am really not a specialist of this history but I can show you photographs . Behind me is Angkor Wat .
Angkor Wat is decorated with depictions of apsaras and devata; there are more than 1,796 depictions of devata in the present research inventory. Angkor Wat architects employed small apsara images (30 cm –40 cm ) as decorative motifs on pillars and walls. Deva is the Hindu term for deity; however, devata is a smaller, more focused deva. An aspara is is a female spirit of the clouds and waters in Hindu and Buddhist mythology.
Integrated with the architecture of the building, and one of the causes for its fame is Angkor Wat’s extensive decoration, which predominantly takes the form of bas-relief friezes.
Bayon Temple. Many stone faces.
Preah Khan has been left largely unrestored, with numerous trees and other vegetation growing among the ruins.
Ta Nei is a temple hidden in the forest. We had to walk a bit in the jungle to get there. We are surprised to see a young man selling t-shirt. He paints the t-shirt and gives money to the monks that raised him. We came home with 4 t-shirts. A good cause and a nice souvenir from Cambodia.
Ta Prohm is a beautiful temple, bound by massive roots of huge trees. Back in the days it was very different: one could see walls decorated by precious stones, hear beautiful music, and dancing in the halls. When in late nineteenth century Ta Prohm was discovered by French, they decided not to conduct a full-scale restoration of the temple. The decision was made due to the fact that giant trees, such as fichus and silk trees, were so merged with ancient walls that eventually they became whole.
Isn’t amazing to see this place ? Maybe some of you have been there also and you understand the history of those temples.
More to come on my next post. Thanks for reading and your comments.