Angkor Wat. Siem Reap, Cambodia, February 2011.

Angkor and again

  Cambodia and Thailand - February 2011

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Angkor Wat It's the most famous temple, the biggest, the most visited. It has even become a national symbol: its towers adorn the Cambodian flag. 

Optical illusion

But Angkor Wat is not my favorite temple. In fact, it is especially beautiful from a distance, in the perspective of the immense pavement of the entrance, where its five towers seem to form only three.

By the way, it's no coincidence that everyone makes their pictures in the same place. Just in front of a poor little pond, remains of the basins of yesteryear, located on the left side. By framing well, we have the illusion that the temple is reflected in a lake. Eh eh…

You almost have to take your turn, on the edge of the pond, among all the other tourists, to take "the" picture.

I did like everyone else. A little disappointed, anyway, to have pretty green tarps (work in progress) in front.

General view of Angkor Wat. Siem Reap, Cambodia, February 2011.
General view of Angkor Wat. Siem Reap, Cambodia, February 2011.

In the heart of the city of Khmer kings

Angor Wat (the word "wat" or "vat" means "temple") is immense. It is the largest of the city of Angkor, former capital of the Khmer kings of Cambodia.

Built in the 12th century, it was later converted into a Buddhist monastery. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The tourist affluence is at the height of its fame, necessarily. To enjoy it serenely, again, it is better to get up early and come at the first light of the day rather than at the end of the day, as we did.

But the light is beautiful, late afternoon. And there are a lot of funny scenes to watch on the main roadway of the entrance.

Photo souvenir at the entrance of Angkor Wat. Siem Reap, Cambodia, February 2011.
Photo souvenir at the entrance of Angkor Wat. Siem Reap, Cambodia, February 2011.
Beware of the heat of the sun! Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia, February 2011.
Beware of the hot sun! Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia, February 2011.

Inside, one appreciates the half-light and the refreshing breath of the air which sneaks by the pillars of the windows.

At the endless mythological fresco that goes around the gallery like a stone comic, I prefer the elegant sculptures of the apsaras, the celestial dancers, with their hairstyles worthy of modern mangas and their bewitching smiles.

Angkor Wat. Siem Reap, Cambodia, February 2011.

Apsaras (celestial dancers) in Angkor Wat. Siem Reap, Cambodia, February 2011.

Apsara (celestial dancer) in Angkor Wat. Siem Reap, Cambodia, February 2011.

I'm glad I saw Angkor Wat again. But then again, I shuddered when I discovered a tourist crowd that was much denser than I had imagined... I am preparing a little special series on the subject!

😉

  Cambodia and Thailand - February 2011

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  1. Ah, green tarpaulins ... you can not imagine how disgusted I was when I discovered them ...

    Let's just say it'll give me an excuse to go back to 🙂.

  2. Congratulations for this series of photos. 🙂 My favorite, the Buddha statue and its yellow canopy; is that the right word among Buddhists? Would have liked to see it from the front as well!
    What the hell with tourists! You're part of it too, so... the site is so splendid, so many beauties to see! 😉

  3. @Will: I don't like to retouch my photos too much, in general, I avoid "cheating" with reality... I just crop, work a little on contrasts, light, but that's all. The green tarpaulins will stay there... 😉

    @Ysbilia: You will also see her face, the statue, when I'm back, I have other pictures ...
    As for the tourists, um, I'm certainly one of them, but when they arrive together, in dozens of groups, mostly Japanese, on the same site, it's scary. I have a nice series of pictures on the subject... 🙄

    @Fabrice: Yes, since I've just spent a few days there... Be ready, more notes on old Khmer stones coming soon !!! 😀

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