Siem Reap - temples, temples and more temples
Trip Start Jun 20, 2010
74Trip End Dec 23, 2010
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The temples awaited us and over three days with a tuk tuk driver, map and guidebook (and a guide on the first day so that we knew what we should be looking for) we visited around 15 temple ruins. The majority of the monuments were built between 9th and the 13th century. As most of them were abandoned until the 19th century it is incredible to see that they are still standing (although there is ongoing restoration)
The history of each ruin is different and we are not going to bore you with it in any detail! However the changes in the country have imprinted themselves in the walls of these monuments where war has left bullet holes on the outside of Angkor Wat, Buddha carvings have been vandalised due to the constant switching between Buddhism (the dominant religion today) and Hinduism and most recently due to the film industry, permanent ropes have had to be put up around Ta Prohm as tourists flock to see the temple where Tomb Raider was filmed.
As we spent the majority of our time in Siem Reap around the temples we didn’t do anything else that exciting – apart from have a fish foot massage where they seemed to enjoy Kate’s feet more than Ivor’s!
Angkor Wat may get all the credit being the 8th wonder of the world and appearing on the Cambodian flag, however, for us Angkor Thom appealed as it is covered with huge carvings of smiling faces everywhere you look. Our pictures can’t really do it justice but if you would like to see more – come to ours for dinner one night and we will show you the rest of the seven hundred (excluding videos!!!!).