Causeway to the Angkor Wat

Amazing return to Siem Reap and the Angkor heritage

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  • Causeway to the Angkor Wat

    Angkor Wat is visually, architecturally and artistically breathtaking. It is a massive three-tiered pyramid crowned by five lotus-like towers rising 65 meters from ground level. Angkor Wat is the centerpiece of any visit to the temples of Angkor.

  • The famous view of Angkor Wat

    The largest component of this complex is known as Angkor Wat. The word "Wat" means monastery, and it was used as just that. This huge temple was built by King Suryavarman II, who decorated and built it in his Hindu beliefs. Dedicated to the Hindu Gods Shi…

  • The temple mountain of Angkor Wat

    Angkor Wat combines two basic plans of Khmer temple architecture: the temple mountain and the later galleried temple, based on early South Indian Hindu architecture, with key features such as the Jagati. It is designed to represent Mount Meru, home of the…

  • Northern Library of Angkor Wat

    This library is one of the four in the complex of Angkor Wat. After entering the complex trough the entry tower we passed a library building on the left and one on the right side in excellent condition after a renovation from the Japanese Delegation. Most…

  • Northern Library of Angkor Wat

    This building on the left side of the causeway was restored by the Japanese Permanent Delegation in 1999 and is now in beautiful condition. When I came the first time to visit Angkor it looked like a heap of rubbles. Structures conventionally known as "li…

  • Entrance to the temple mountain Angkor Wat

    The dominant scheme for the construction of state temples in the Angkorian period was that of the Temple Mountain, an architectural representation of Mount Meru, the home of the gods in Hindu mythology. Mount Meru of Hindu traditions has clearly mythical…

  • Gallery of thousand Buddhas

    As the name suggests, this area used to have hundreds of Buddha images. Now only remnants remain as some were removed and others stolen.

  • Cross-coat on the first level

    A Buddha statue displayed in the Hindu temple. Buddhism and Hinduism two religions come together. Angkor Wat became an important destination for Buddhist pilgrims.

  • Cloister of the second level

    Standing within the cloister is a great experience. Your eyes will be busy taking in every detail - the size of the enclosure, the many Apsara dancer figures, the airiness and ancient feeling. Being under the roof where it's shady and cool, we could see h…

  • Apsara as guardian

    This angle is standing still and facing forward in their role as temple guardians.

  • The Nymphs and Goddesses of Angkor Wat

    At the Angkor Wat Complex there are two types of females represented Apsaras and Devatas. The former are always dancing or poised ready to dance and the latter are standing still and facing forward in their role as temple guardians.

  • Apsaras in Angkor Wat

    According to Hindu legend the “elixir of immortality” was lost in the mythological Ocean of Milk and the gods went looking for it. It is said that these goddesses were born from the ocean of milk; water nymphs that were pulled from the ocean by the Hindu…

  • It does not make sense to censor Apsaras beautiness

    My swiss friend tried to censor the aesthetic upper body of an Apsara, but there are too many of this beautiful carved master pieces. The present alive Apsaras got more puritanical.

  • Korean tourists visit the second level

    In 1996 when we visited Angkor the first time, we were nearly alone at that place. Tourism has increased a lot; first Korean, then Red- and Taiwanese Chinese, Japanese and ... Russian who mostly have problems to keep the correct behaving in temples areas…

  • Lintel at the entrance gate

    A lintel is a horizontal beam connecting two vertical columns between which runs a door or passageway. Because the Angkorean Khmer lacked the ability to construct a true arch, they constructed their passageways using lintels or corbelling.

  • A rest beside the Apsaras

    For visiting Angkor Wat and of its terrain you need three to four hours. A rest in the shade next to eight hundred years old sandstone reliefs.

  • Central tower built with sandstone

    After we climbed up the stairs, we finally arrived at the top level. Here we were able to enjoy some really great views, because we were now 50 meters from the ground. The only stone used by Angkorian builders was sandstone, obtained from the Kulen mount…

  • My wife looks out the arcardes

    Memory snap shoot out the arcades from the first level in the Angkor Wat.

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