An Afternoon at Angkor Wat

In early 2009, I visited Cambodia’s majestic Angkor Wat at sunrise. Seeing the inky sky gradually awaken over the structure and then illuminate it with a shrimp-colored hue was a magical experience. During our most recent visit to Cambodia, however, we decided to arrive at a more gentlemanly hour via Siem Reap’s red clay-like roads and a chugging tuktuk.

Built in the early 12th Century, Angkor Wat is thought to be the world’s largest religious building – initially Hindu and now Buddhist. Its sandstone walls have weathered harsh tropical sunshine and war with grace. In lieu of more words, I shall let the beautiful temple show herself off via these images…

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23 thoughts on “An Afternoon at Angkor Wat

    1. Ashleypaige, that’s kind of you to say – thank you, or as they say in Cambodia (Khmer), “Awkun.” It’s quite easy to become shutter happy at Angkor, so I’ll be posting another batch of pics from Angkor’s other more atmospheric sites in the coming days.

    1. Zen and Genki, thank you for the compliment! The Angkorian temples are the perfect backdrop with their dark stone walls, aren’t they? I enjoyed seeing the splash of color with a monk’s robe, colorful costumes, or flora such as the striking water lilies.

  1. Just stunning! You’ve captured more than the essence of the place. I swear I could sense a soul emerging in your photos! Well done doesn’t begin to describe what you captured! – Renee

    1. Thank you so much, Renee! I’m guessing that Angkor Wat is on your family’s wish list of spots to see in Asia? It’s such an extraordinary place; I would love to spend a few days in the area exploring all the magnificent temples.

      1. Angkor is of course magnificent, but so was our experience in Cambodia’s Takeo province (a spot I’d highly recommend if you’re looking to get off the beaten path too). We stayed at a homestay there, taught English, learned how to thresh rice, and mingled with the locals for a week. What memories!

    1. Certainly, it’s a region deserving of many days to explore it! I’ve heard that some of the outlying temples, such as Banteay Srei, are especially worthwhile. Thanks for dropping by and I look forward to learning more of your travels!

      1. Banteay Srei is just gorgeous – like a jewell box, really. The stone is such a deep rusty red, and the carving intricate and almost domestic in scale … I loved it. :)

      2. Do you have any images posted on your site? How long did you tour the Angkorian sites in all?

        We were just saying yesterday how we really miss Cambodia. Perhaps we can make it back soon and see some of the more remote temples!

      3. Unfortunately, although I started writing about that trip, I got sidetracked writing about my life here in Sri Lanka and haven’t continued with it :(

        I was silly – only scheduling four days (2 halves, 3 full) in Siem Reap – and as you know, you need pretty well a full day for Angkor Wat itself, the same for the Bayon. I had a half day out at Banteay Srei which felt hurried – though I did get lots of shots, I felt most of my time was behind the lens, instead of looking through my own eyes at the carvings. It’s small, and very beautiful.

        I came across a blog the other day with the most fantastic photos of a couple of the ‘outer’ temples – i’ll send you the link if I can find it!

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