Jun 02, 2008
Jun 09, 2009
Dawn at Angkor Wat is beautiful and inevitably packed with people. Most leave though after they have seen the sunrise and the place becomes remarkably quiet for a few hours, filled only with a few hundred Lonely Planet-toting explorers. (Yes, Angkor Wat is so big that a few hundred people are easily scattered and isolated.) The near-kilometre-long gallery of bas-reliefs in the outer gallery telling various stories of battles and myths captivated me for some time. The famous gallery containing the myth of the Churning of the Ocean of Milk was partially under repair but I still got to see some of it. I left Angkor Wat reluctantly but there were still many more temples to see and I only had a half-day left on my ticket!