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Siem Reap, Cambodia

Angkor Wat and many more temples

Fo some reason I never had Cambodia on my list as a place to visit. But I have changed my mind! It's a fabulous place to see. This is a country that has had major political challenges. I would recommend reading this brief history. I found it helpful.

"In 1975 a horrific and tragic era of Cambodian history began in the reign of the Khmer Rouge. They were led by Pol Pot (or Saloth Sar) also known as 'Brother Number One'. How many people were killed by Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge is not known for certain but it was probably at least 1.5 million and it may have been as many as 3 million."

Everyone I talked to knew a family member or friend that had been killed during reign of Khmer Rouge. Tragic. It was interested to see mostly young people in the city working. The aftermath of killings.

It was so green and beautiful, and hot! Very humid and hot. Water everywhere. Beautiful rice fields. The city was so vibrant and busy. As a foreigner I was treated like a princess. From the moment I was picked up by the hotel until I was dropped off, I was treated so kindly and taken care of so well. And after eating chicken and rice for months, it was nice to have some pork. And the fresh fruits were plentiful. All kinds of wonderful fruits. What a nice change. I loved the massages in my room at night for 8$ an hour. The hotel was right near the Night Market where shopping was plentiful and cheap. I'm good at bargaining, so I came out with some really good deals on some clothes and jewelry. I didn't even bargain for the pair of Ray Ban sunglasses that one guy offered for 3$. In the countryside it was amazing to see the houses on stilts and cows being led to pasture. I found out from Saven that teachers are paid 80$ a month. I'm rambling...but this is truly a fascinating place to see.

Angkor Wat (Khmer: អង្គរវត្ត or "Capital Temple") is a temple complex in Cambodia and the largest religious monument in the world, with the site measuring 162.6 hectares (1,626,000 m2; 402 acres).[1] It was originally constructed as a Hindu temple of god Vishnu for the Khmer Empire, gradually transforming into a Buddhist temple toward the end of the 12th century.[2] It was built by the Khmer King Suryavarman II[3] in the early 12th century in Yaśodharapura (Khmer: យសោធរបុរៈ, present-day Angkor), the capital of the Khmer Empire, as his state temple and eventual mausoleum. Breaking from the Shaiva tradition of previous kings, Angkor Wat was instead dedicated to Vishnu. As the best-preserved temple at the site, it is the only one to have remained a significant religious center since its foundation. The temple is at the top of the high classical style of Khmer architecture. It has become a symbol of Cambodia,[4] appearing on its national flag, and it is the country's prime attraction for visitors. (wikipedia)

I was able to spend 2 days touring several temples, including the most famous Angkor Wat. My favorite was actually the Banyan Temple where the movie The Tomb Raider was filmed. Our tour guide was the best. She took excellent photos and was great at explaining things.


Posted by dianeski4 06:27 Archived in Cambodia

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