Don’t blame it on the sunshine

Bum, bum, bum, bum, bum , bum, bum,bum, bum, boogie, boogie.

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Its funny; as I sit here on the bank of this pond, overlooking the Angkor Wat main temple as the sun rises and the darkness quickly comes into light, the one thought in my mind is why should this be anymore special in what we have back home?

I was up at 3.30am, picked up 4.30am by my tuk tuk and driven for 20 mins to get my ticket. Big queues but they move quite quick and were off again, another 10 mins to the site, short trek through the ruins in the darkness and wait for the sun to get his hat on about 5.30am.

As I sup ma ice coffee in the cafe opposite having gotten a few shots and vidoes, I’m smiling thinking, when was the last time you walked or cycled up Kinnoul Hill at 4.30am to see the sunrise or admired the beauty of Edinburgh Castle and the likes.  All fine doing it elsewhere, but do I ever appreciate what’s on my door. Shaun, Sean and Dougie do, with the latter taking good some ace countryside shots.

I’ve went overboard on the photos today, but that’s cos I’m getting better (I hope) at the blogging malarkey.  I’m hoping your enjoyed the taster of videos from yesterday. To tired to write unfortunately, but full of beans, well rice, now. I think I now how to split my photo’s up and tell each story better.  For now, shots of the sunrise.

Visiting Angkor today which is one of the most important archaeological sites in South-East Asia they will have your believe. It is however, a Unesco World Heritage site.I was at the museum yesterday and while it was an enriching experience, you could not take photo’s and most of the exhibits had been taken from the temples. When something get into disrepair, they take it to the museum. I could not help thinking I could get some doozy gravestones fae the cemetery and set up a museum.

Angkor Archaeological Park contains the remains of the different capitals of the Khmer Empire, from the 9th thru to the 15th century. This includes the Temple of Angkor Wat and, at Angkor Thom, the Bayon Temple with its countless sculptural decorations. Ta Prohm and Banteay Kdei round off the 4 I am visiting today, so lets kick off with the main Temple off boom itself – Angkor Wat.

Angkor Wat serves both as a temple and as a mausoleum for Suryavarman II, despite him never being buried there. He died in battle during a failed expedition to subdue the Dai Viet (Vietnamese). Imposing grandeur (yeh I stole that) and, at times, to me fascinating decorative flourishes and carvings, depict historical events and stories from mythology. what’s impressive is that the sandstone blocks from which Angkor Wat was built were quarried from the holy mountain of Phnom Kulen, more than 50km away, and floated down the river on rafts, the logistics of which I could write another post on. The labour of thousands – some 300,000 workers and 6000 elephants, but yet the boy never fully completed it and since it has been damaged by bat urine and droppings.

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The Bayon was built nearly 100 years after Angkor Wat. Built in late 12th century to early 13th century, by the King Jayavarman VII, dedicated to Buddhist, which you can hopefully se from ma piccies. Bayon is known for its huge stone faces with one facing outward and keeping watch at each compass point. The curious smiling image, thought by many to be a portrait of Jayavarman himself, has been dubbed by some the “Mona Lisa of Southeast Asia.”

Ta Prohm – The Tomb Raider Temple

The main buildings of the temple are encircled by a large wall and so are not immediately visible from the road but rather discovered by a short walk on a jungle-lined path gull of all manor of beasties and jungle noises.
 
Although work has been done to stabilize the ruins, Ta Prohm was deliberately left much as it was found, giving it the nickname the jungle temple. Nothing get in the way of mother nature baby. One amazing tree formation to the next.
 
I did see a broom on the way in and thought that Susan Ma Luvs was in there but couldnae see her?
Last temple for the day Banteay Kdei, which is not as good to ferret about in, but was still interesting. Beware resting against a wall where there are red ants, these little feckers ca n bite!! ooch.
 
Banteay Kdei and the nearby lake of Srah Srang, which was built as a vast royal bathing pool by Jayvarman Vll in 953, has stepped sandstone terraces with sculpted lions and is a peaceful spot just to stroll around..
 Cheerie

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