Weekly Photo Challenge: Rise/ Set

This week’s challenge asks us to post our favourite sunrise or sunset. Needless to say, the most iconic sunrise I have ever experienced was near Angkor Wat in Cambodia. I’m amazed that it has been more than four years since I travelled to Siem Reap. I’d like to go back to Cambodia one of these…

Bayon: Not Just a Pretty Face

A little while ago I had written about the most prominent feature of Bayon Temple near Siem Reap in Cambodia- the intriguing faces carved on every side of the temple towers.  However this is hardly the only interesting feature about the temple. I was also quite fascinated by the large panels of bas-relief carvings on…

The Elephant of East Mebon

When I did my tour of Siem Reap, Cambodia earlier this year- I visited a number of temples- not just the most famous ones- The Angkor Wat, Bayon, Ta Phrom and the likes but scores of smaller temples scattered in the vicinity. One of these temples was called East Mebon. This temple was constructed around…

Ta Phrom Temple

Ta Phrom Temple is one of the more popular temples located in the Angkor Archaelogical Park in Siem Reap. It’s claim to fame- it featured in the Tomb Raider movie with Angelina Jolie. So it is often called the Angelina Jolie temple. Would archaelogists thousands of years from now wonder why Ancient Angkorians built a…

Sunrise at Angkor Wat

Call it a personality trait- I am most definitely a morning person. But what I am most definitely not is a ‘sunrise junkie’. I certainly don’t go around the world crossing off a list of monuments or natural features that I have seen at sunrise.  So it wasn’t until after I had actually decided to…

Kbal Spean- Cambodia

For my last post this week, I chose to write about a very unique place that I visited when I travelled to Siem Reap earlier this year. I first heard about Kabal Spean in John Sors “Temple of Thousand Faces”- I read this and a couple of other books about Angkor era before I travelled…

Exquisite Banteay Srei

Tourists to the Angkor Archaeological Park near Siem Reap in Cambodia often complain of being “templed out”. After a few hours of climbing up and down steep and ancient steps, more than one temple starts looking alike. Of course everybody remembers Angkor Wat and its massive towers, Bayon and its mysterious faces and even Ta…

Bayon: The Serene & Mysterious Faces

The faces carved on the towers of Bayon temple form part of the group of most recognisable images of the Angkor Achaeological park. The inscrutable faces stare at you- some smiling, some pensive and you wonder what the people who built them were trying to tell you. Bayon temple was constructed in the late 12th…