Day 3 – Angkor Complex

With a three day pass to the Angkor Complex you have 10 days to use it or lose it.  We went on the 25th, 28th and the 30th of September.  To avoid being  over ‘Wat’ I recommend taking breaks in-between visits.  A  ‘wat’ is a temple so for us Western / Christian types just think Churches.

Our Tuk-tuk driver, Mr Davudthny Vun <khdavudth@yahoo.com> helped shape our final route which includes a visit to the Cambodian Landmine Museum, and a visit to Banteay Srey which is approximately 37km from Siam Reap.  The return trip includes a stop at Banteay Saimre.  We had the option to carry on to see the Rolous Group to the South East of Siam Reap but declined…Too many temples makes Rob a dull boy.

The Landmine Museum provides a stark reminder of the horrors that Cambodia faced from the Vietnam War and also the brutal regime of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge.

 

Aki Ra – Founder of the Cambodian Landmine Museum

The Cambodian Landmine Museum

We caught this fellow on film while waiting for a minor Tuk-tuk repair
Oogway is that you?
A small sample of the mines collected by Aki Ra in Cambodia
Prosthetic Leg used at the Landmine centre by orphan children
recovered grenades and mortars
EOD Suit worn in Cambodia – Made in Canada

 

Banteay Srey

Built in the 10th Century the temple, dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva, is 25 km north-east of the main group of temples that once belonged to the medieval capitals of Yasodharapura and Angkor Thom. Made largely of red sandstone, many of the elaborate decorative wall carvings are still observable today.

Observing the elaborate carving of Indra, King of the Gods, above the door.
The guardians outside the temple are replicas and the originals are either in Pnohm Penh Museum or the Angkor National Museum.
A close up of the Monkey God – Hanuaman!
Elaborate depiction of the Hindu deities
Shiva and his wife
The Monkey Gods stand as guardians
Close up of Indra riding his three headed elephant
The temple details
Garuda
Another image of Indra

Banteay Samre

Eerily quiet we are one of a handful of people visiting this exquisite temple.   The temple is in good condition along the outer walls.  Under renovation, the interior rooms are blocked off. The structure, built in the early twelfth century, is a Hindu temple similar in style to Angkor Wat.

At each cardinal point is a massive roadway to enter the Temple
The Temple looms in the background
Shiva and his wife sit upon the Naga and life springs forth
A candid shot of the explorers
Emojii’s were created by the Khmer people
Naga’s adorn the inner walkways
A place of quiet reflection
The temple is unguarded

This ends our trip to the Angkor Archaeological Park.  It was an amazing opportunity to see truly ancient and incredible buildings.  I highly recommend visiting this site.  I did take an additional trip to the Angkor National Museum and would recommend that you visit it after your first visit into the complex.  It will help explain many of the architectural items that you will see.

 

 

 

2 Replies to “Day 3 – Angkor Complex”

  1. More pics. I like it. Was the ‘temple of doom’ ever filmed at one of those sites? If it wasn’t it should of been. And yea……too many temples will make Rob a dull boy. Everyone is looking good! Keep the stories comming, pics and videos.

    1. Hi Don,

      I found a bunch of internet references to the Temple of Doom being filmed in the Angkor region but nothing definitive. According to the film shoot list on IMDB the locations were in the US, UK, Macau, China and Sri Lanka.

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