Siem Reap, The Temples of the Angkor

I thought I would start posting about Cambodia since one blogger asked me about the area. I first want to share history of this wonder of the world.

These fabulous buildings are the reminiscent of the Khmer Empire, from the 9th to the 15th century. At the beginning of the 9th century the two states that covered the territory of modern Cambodia were united by Jayavarman II, who laid the foundations of the Khmer Empire, the major power in south-east Asia for some five centuries. The area was further developed after the death of Jayavarman II for centuries, leaving many monuments. The true development of the area began in 1113,  Suryavarman II built the most glorious of the monuments and made many things dedicated to the Hindu God Vishnu. This was the period when the site was representative of the largest Hindu temples in the world.

After the death of Suryavarman II, Jayavarman VII took over the area, building monuments dedicated to the Buddha. Following hsi reign the building continued to be transformed from a Hindu Building to a Theravada Buddhist Structure.  Many Hindu’s and Buddha’s come to this religious site to see a part of their religious histories.

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You will notice that there are pictures where statues have been beheaded all of the Angkor Wat. This is due to the Khmer Rouge takeover during the civil war in Cambodia when all Buddhist relics and statues were destroyed and anything of value was stolen and used in purchase of weaponry for war.

There are some photo’s taken of the detailed wall images and inscriptions. I loved the details and artistry of the Hindu gods found within the buildings.

One of the best temples to visit was the Ta Prohm. You can see this in the photos with the over grown tree embedded in the building. The structure was gorgeous even with the damage and ruin, and the ancient trees that had grown into the temple made it mystical and beautiful. This temple is also a location on the film Tomb Raider. 

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