Monday, 18 June 2018

Tussling At Ta Prohm

After Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm is probably the most popular temple to visit in Siem Reap. It's frequently referred to as the "Tomb Raider" temple, ever since Angelina Jolie showed up to rock some skimpy explorer shorts awhile ago. A king builds it, a starlet lays claim to it, whether she meant to or not.

It's easy to see why the temple made the movie cut. It oozes exotic jungle mood, mainly since the decision was made only to partially restore the temple. It's a bit of an illusion, to think that you're looking at a temple the way it was discovered in the early 20th century. In fact, most elements have been rebuilt or at least cleared. A smattering of crumbling walls and giant trees go a long way to convincing the public they can be Indiana Jones for an hour.

 The crowds are ready for the romp.


The atmospheric interior, exotic and refined at the same time.

Cathedral trees.


The trees are a nice touch, all alive, slithering over the heavy rock.

Occasionally there's an uninterrupted view, when the crowd is corralled a bit.

Friday, 15 June 2018

Around Angkor Thom

Angkor Thom is the biggest temple complex at Angkor and trekking through every section takes the better part of a day. What are some highlights?

Heading in from Angkor Wat, rows of gods and demons flank the road.


One of many gates in the complex. Elephants, can't go wrong with that theme, grand on a grand scale.

Baphuon, taken apart during the Khmer Rouge regime.


Plans were lost, many stones still scattered around. The highlight of Baphuon is around the back. A giant, reclining Buddha awaits, slyly swallowed up within a larger wall. Squint and you can see the relaxed head.

The cute pyramid called Phimeanakas.


Angkor Thom details, praying and small ruins.

Front view of Baphuon.