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Postcards from Angkor Wat

12/12/2016 | By

The ancient temple complex of Angkor Wat is huge. While I didn’t get to all of it, please enjoy some of my postcards from this important site. 

Sunset at angkor wat's phnom krom

Sunset at Phnom Krom, part of the extensive Angkor Wat sites.

When I was in Siem Reap a few months back, a news article announced that the already-pretty-amazing temple complex of Angkor Wat was, in fact, far more extensive than previously thought.  Using the newest technology in airborne laser scanning technology, archaeologists have revealed multiple cities between 900 and 1,400 years old beneath the tropical forest floor, some of which rival the size of Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh.

phnom krom sunset, angkor wat

Phnom Krom is a hill near Angkor Wat and the sunset views are gorgeous.

phnom krom, angkor wat

angkor wat's temple faces

The temple complex is the largest religious monument in the world and the site spans an extensive 162.6 hectares. Construction began in the early part of the 12th century and the site was originally devoted to the Hindu god vishnu, but gradually transformed to a Buddhist centre of worship – which it remains today.

Inside angkor Wat complex

 

angkor wat, hindu deity

Hindu depiction at Angkor Wat

Angkor wat Temple

angkor wat buddha

active worship signs, Angkor Wat

Signs of active worship at Angkor Wat

angkor wat buddhist nun

This nun was blessing those who came past her shrine.

Life goes on all around this ancient site – both human and plant life. Mother nature holds much of the complex in her embrace.

angkor wat security guard

angkor wat girls

life goes on, angkor wat

Taking advantage of a quiet corner at Angkor Wat

 

angkor wat tree roots

trees holding on Angkor Wat

angkor wat nature

Nature reclaiming Angkor Wat

Even though I visited Angkor Wat twice, over two days, there was no way I could cover all of the known temples – let alone the newly discovered hidden sites, – but I took plenty of photos of those I did visit. There’s quite a lot of them, so please do sit back with a cup of tea and enjoy my holiday snaps.

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  1. Tandy | Lavender and Lime
    12/12/2016

    Wow, the place has so many different things to offer. It must have been amazing to visit 🙂

  2. Anna @ shenANNAgans
    14/12/2016

    Wow!! These temples with trees grown over & through them say so much hey. Ancient and beautiful and timeless. Beautiful images Amanda, just gorgeous. I’ve an uncle who lives part time in Cambodia, so I have seen SO MANY beautiful, beautiful images of this country. I must get there one day too. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
    15/12/2016

    We only did three temples (the three main ones) and they were gorgeous but it’s hard to cover a lot of them as it was so hot. Gorgeous photos!

  4. Elizabeth
    16/12/2016

    Beautiful photos, it looks an amazing place. How much time do you recommend to stay there?

  5. Amanda
    16/12/2016

    I’d recommend at least 2-3 days to see the temple complex. It is vast and the weather is steamy. To keep it pleasant I think it’s best to break up into 2-3 visits.