Katie's Live and Unleashed 05/06 Worldwide Tour travel blog

Lucy and Kevin outside Banteay Kdei (a military court)

Banteay Kdei - used as a Buddhist law school

The remains are still showing so much beautiful detail although requiring some...

Tree growing among the stone remains

Towers of pre Rup - a cremetorian

Victory Gate into Angkor Thom

 

Hidding in the elephants' trunks

Resting after a steep climb

Thommanom - recently restored by the French

Thommanom - built at the same time as Angkor Wat

Spean Thma

Ta Keo

Tomb Raider Temple - Ta Prohm

Ta Prohm is only partially cleared of jungle overgrowth

Luce and Kev at Ta Prohm

 

Lara Croft double??????

Me!

Gigantic 600 year old trees

Outer walls at Ta Prohm

Bayon faces reflection

Baksei Cham Krong

Top of 65m high Phnom Bakheng (Bakheng Hill)

Ancient ruin now at 25!!!!

Monks climbing Phnom Bakheng

Banteay Kdei

Banteay Kdei - tree and us

Outer wall of Angkor Wat

Need I say it....? Angkor Wat

Looking like Roman Baths

Steep ascent to top of tower

View from top of Angkor Wat

Resting

An angkor wat tower

For the boys to enjoy....

Lucy and I at Angkor Wat

One of the entrances to Angkor Thom

Churning of the Ocean of Milk

Muddled look of Bayon - spot the faces...

Brickwork

Faces even easier to see here

Bayon

Spot the odd-ones??

Lucy

Ready for the climb

An artist at Bayon

Terrace of the Elephants / maybe Leper King....got confused around here!!

Terrace of the Elephants

Ahhhh - and Lara Croft appeared as if by magic!!

Thought we deserved some of this

It was hot after all


Between the 9th and 13th centuries, a succession of Khmer devaraja (god-kings) ruled from Angkor, using the vast wealth and huge labour force of their empire to initiate a series of monumental construction projects. Intended to glorify both the kings and their ancestors, many were built in the vicinity of Siem Reap. Over time the cities have decayed, leaving only 200+ temples which are the only remains due to being constructed out of stone rather than wood. Stone was saved to be used for the Gods only.

Under the aegis of the Ecole Francaise d'Extreme-Orient (EFEO), they made an arduous effort - begun in 1908 and interrupted from the early 1970's by war - to clear away the jungle vegetation that was breaking apart the monuments.........

An absolutely amazing place to visit that I recommend to everyone and that I will write more about, but quite possibly not until I get home now - only 2.5 weeks more!



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