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Thursday, September 14, 2006

Angkor - Part 2

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for some reason, I can't upload more than five photos per post. Does anyone have any idea why this is? So I have to cut the posts really short in order to get the descripton and the related photo in the same post.
Continued ofcourse, from Part 1:


Apart from Angkor Wat, there is the enclosed city of Angkor Thom with the temple 'Bayon'.

This is the one with all the towers having the four faces of Avalokitheswara gazing down upon you.


This temple has some of the best bas reliefs, mostly depicting the kings and the battles they fought, and daily life of 'Angkorians'. These are truly faaantastic. (At its prime, the city of Angkor housed more than 80,000 people.)

This depicts the naval battle on the river Tomle Sap just south of Seam Reap, between the Khmers (the people of Angkor) and the Chams (their enemies from neighbouring Vietnam.)

(This is my favourite. Do you notice the corn on the cob, the food being cooked and served).

This temple and many others have confusing maze like structures. (books show neat symmetry, but we don’t see it). Some parts of the temple have fallen roofs and some parts are supported with wooden pillars to prevent fall, and dangerous to venture into. I can imagine how the first explorers must have felt when they first came across this temple and found all these faces looking down upon them. Pretty unsettling, I am sure.

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  • At 11:49 AM, Blogger Bhargav said…

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  • At 2:13 PM, Blogger starry nights said…

    Just beautiful anu..the scenes are so real.I wonder how they carved all these scenes from stone.

     

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