Angkor Wat and Friends, in Pictures
January 13, 2010 by kevinkc4
12/31/09 – 1/2/10: Siem Reap, Cambodia
We’ve spent the last three days touring some of the incredible-est, famous-est, awesome-est temples in the world, and somehow thus far we’ve only included four pictures of them. If it’s possible for the lack of pictures in a few blog posts to be sacrilegious, something about this seems a bit sacrilegious to me. In an effort to appease the blogging gods, today’s post will be a picturesque recap of the last three days. Ready? Go!
Day 1: 12/31/09
Zhou already mentioned sunrise at Angkor Wat, but it was so darn cool.
I'm not joking.
And we were there!
Can you find Zhou among the mob of 1,000 others who were also there?
A few of the 54 towers of Bayon, the temple at the center of Angkor Thom.
A close up of one of the 216 faces carved on these 54 towers.
You don't have to take your shoes off at these temples.
I wonder how many tourists have taken there picture in this frame.
A lot of the temples are being restored right now, which unfortunately means a lot of construction is going on.
The Queen's swimming pool at the Royal Palace. It is ten times larger than the King's swimming pool because it had to fit not only the Queen, but also the King's 3,000 concubines.
An elephant carving on the Elephant Terrace outside the Royal Palace.
Zhou showed you the iconic picture of Ta Prohm, but there are a million other trees growing into the temple.
I found this one particularly interesting.
Angkor Wat, revisited
To avoid the crowds in the morning we left the temple without seeing the temple itself. We're back!
Guided tours will show you everything. And I mean everything.
We weren't allowed to go in the Angkor Wat towers due to restoration, but here is one of the five.
Day 2: 1/1/10
Lightning struck Ta Keo before they were able to complete it (they stopped work altogether due to the perceived bad luck of the lightning strike), but they had already built a lot of steep stairs.
I tossed the camera dangerously to Zhou.
A contemplative monk... looking at his monk friend taking a picture of him.
Bayon at sunset.
Day 3: 1/2/10
The temple at Banteay Srei wasn't as impressive as most others, but I really liked this tree.
And this pink flower moat was pretty nice too.
We took a break from the temples to hike to the river of 1,000 lingas, where I lost the lower half of my legs.
We're not sure why, but they carved the lingas and other images into the river rocks.
A butterfly on Zhou's finger is a sign that she married a great guy.
According to our temple Power Rankings, we saved our fifth best temple for last.
Puzzles for Postcards
It’s Either Fight or Flight on Christmas Anagram
Hot Bob Fighting Self
[Puzzles note: The last Rhyme Time! remains unsolved, despite one decent effort. We’re making it easier by saying you have to solve only three of the four, and that Mel Gibson could be replaced by any ridiculously rich person and the first rhyme would be unchanged.]
Picture of the Day: I could have written an entire post about the floating village near Siem Reap, but figured I already lost your attention midway through the pictures. This picture is a small example of how interesting the floating village was.