Angkor wat meaning city of temples was built in the 12th century for the king and the khmer empire. It is the biggest religious monument in the world.
My guide was full of knowledge about these amazing temples. He told me his parents died in the khmer Rouge, the pol pot regime and he was brought up with some locals villages. He had to work hard carrying a basket on his head everyday carrying water, cow dung etc. He said his childhood wasnt bad but everyone was starving. The pol pot regime is one of the saddest tradegies ive read about. Please look it up on the internet as its long to explain. Theres also books called the killing fields which is about the regime and what happened.
Cambodia also had many landmines during the regime. The majority of them have been found and detinated. We passed many landmine victims playing instruments with missing arms, legs and eyes.
Inside many temples are stunning carvings which tell stories of the people, gods and devils.
There are many inscriptions on the pillars in the khmer language which is not used anymore. They are mostly poems, chants or prayers about the gods and life.
A famous picture spot with the reflection in the water.
The big tree roots growing over the buildings. These temples were very old. Some were just blocks on the ground. They were covered in green moss but was definatly the best temples. They were amazing to look at.
The tree behind me is the one you see in tomb raider. There was a huge line for a picture but I got a sneaky shot sitting on some rocks before one of the workers caught me. I also recommend reading Angelina jolie notes of my travels. She is an ambassador of the UNHCR which works with refugees all over the world. She visited cambodian refugee camps as a result of the pol pot regime. to help raise awareness.
The very old and crumbled parts. The tour guide knew all the best places for pictures. There was a do not climb sign on the side though of course.
This was once a hospital. Most of it is destroyed but you could still go inside. You couldnt make out any rooms in there.
This was the east gate. We climbed up the hill to see the buddhas face. Theres four of these on each side.
This was an impressive temple. The tall tower is protected with towers of buudhas faces. Buddhas eyes open mean protection. Eyes closed means meditation. One eye open means imagination. All of the faces are different.
Carvings of cambodias traditional dancing called aspara. There are performances of this dancing telling the story of cambodia life.
Kiss the buddha 🙂
Tour guide getting me to do some hopeless poses.
The road to paradise. God statues on the left, devils on the right.
Ending with this view. Theres so much history to this country. So much tradegy has happened but the people have worked hard to rebuild their lives and their country. I admire them very much and am privileged to see this amazing country.