For those without the power to ascend Phnom Bakheng, elephants are at their service. Though I am sure it must be quite an experience, I don't think it's right for humans to "ride" elephants. Instead I took a few pictures of these beautiful creatures. Photo taken in December 2016.
10 October 2017
09 October 2017
08 October 2017
So many details, so many photos! Sorry I've been out of touch for awhile, things have just gotten very busy, but I think it's back to normal now. Photo taken in December 2016.
15 September 2017
Unfortunately, the skies were hazy during all of our time at the Angkor temple complex, so we never really got a mindblowing sunrise or sunset. The top of Phnom Bakheng is a popular spot for sunsets, so visitors have to get here early for a spot. Though the colors aren't brash and bold, the muted pastels in the sky give a nice sense of serenity.
It's Friday and you'll find more skies at Skywatch. Photo taken in December 2016.
14 September 2017
13 September 2017
12 September 2017
A line of mini-Buddhas carved into the stone. Hard to image the hours of intricate work that must have gone into making every detail. The faces are so serene. Photo taken in December 2016.
11 September 2017
01 September 2017
There is a 20+ kilometer circuit that takes visitors through the Angkor temple complex. Most people opt to hire a tuk tuk driver for the day to get around between the different temples. While their customers are out visiting, the drivers often hang the hammock and catch a few zzzs in the back of the tuk tuk. Photo taken in September 2016.
31 August 2017
The Angkor temple complex was the capital of the Khmer Empire which flourished from around the ninth to the fifteenth century. There are many temples of various age and in different states of decay. This figure guards one of the main gates into the old "city".
Here's the road leading up to the gate. Here you can see the figures in situ. They flank the entrance on both sides. I can imagine this was a very impressive sight for visitors back in the old days (and even now!). Photos taken in December 2016.
30 August 2017
The complex of Angkor temples is a photographer's paradise. There are so many beautiful details to photograph and enjoy. This regal woman was found at Bayon. Photo taken in December 2016.
29 August 2017
There are beautiful, serene faces carves into the stone columns of Bayon temple. They are facing the cardinal directions: North, West, South and East.
Everywhere you turn, there they are. It's like having a benevolent spirit watching over you. Photos taken in December 2016.
28 August 2017
25 August 2017
Bayon is one of the major temples at the Angkor site. It's filled with beautiful nooks and crannies, some of which you've seen earlier this week. We'll take a closer look at this temple next week. Photo taken in December 2016.
24 August 2017
He looks illuminated in his golden sash. There was something special about the light. Photo taken in December 2016.