[Photojournal] Siem Reap, Cambodia – Walking Into History

[Angkor] extends over approximately 400 square kilometres and consists of scores of temples, hydraulic structures (basins, dykes, reservoirs, canals) as well as communication routes. For several centuries Angkor, was the centre of the Khmer Kingdom. With impressive monuments, several different ancient urban plans and large water reservoirs, the site is a unique concentration of features testifying to an exceptional civilization.

Sunrise over Angkor Wat is not to be missed. Morning calls were at 345am as I tip-toed around the dorm room like a stealthy thief in order to avoid waking the rest of my roommates up. At 430, we were already hitting the roads to catch the sunrise in time.

Before entering, you’d be dropped at the ticketing counter to purchase the pass if you have yet to buy them. A one-day pass costs $20 usd, 3 days – $40 and 7 days – $60. At the ticketing counter, you will be asked on your nationality and a photo will be taken and printed on your pass.

P1080416

It was almost time when we were dropped off at the first temple. The roads were dark but you could see the first ray of sunlight making its way across the universe.

P1080425

We chose a spot further away from the other tourists while waiting for the sun to make its grand appearance.

P1080429 P1080437 P1080435 P1080440 P1080445

_DSC6873
_DSC6889

We started making our way into the temple after the sun has finally spilled its warmth over Mother Earth. It looks really bright and sunny but really, it’s only 5:45am in the morning. 
_DSC6908

_DSC6933_DSC6940
P1080452 P1080458

_DSC6918

I was particularly intrigued by this pillar as it would likely require unique tools to mold and shape them into symmetrical shapes. Furthermore, the carvings were extremely detailed.

_DSC6923
_DSC6948_DSC6949 P1080476 P1080478 P1080482 P1080485P1080503 P1080505

Famished, we decided to succumb to our growling tummies with some food near the temple. They had different names for the different sections and you can choose who you feel a better connection with.

P1080507

Food was pricey and we ordered a beef fried rice to share. This was about 6 usd and we had to battle with the flies by swatting them to prevent them from settling on our food.

P1080509 P1080511 P1080515 P1080516

Afterwards, the driver took us to the second temple site which was even more spectacular and majestic. P1080517

If you notice, there are actually faces sculpted on the temples!
P1080528

The architecture amazes me and it makes me wonder how people managed to get to such a height in order to pile and build the temple up with the little tools they have.

P1080532 P1080533 P1080534 P1080537P1080545 P1080548 P1080549 P1080552 P1080554

We were already dead tired at this point of time but we managed to drag ourselves to the third site.P1080555 P1080558

This was smaller scale and took us less than half an hour to complete.
P1080564
P1080586
P1080595

We saw many monuments that were defaced throughout the three sites and I wonder why or how this happened.

If you’re considering to give Angkor Wat a visit, here are some tips for you

Wear comfortable shoes

The compound is huge and it can take you hours to unravel the mystery of the monuments. Sometimes, you may need to climb steep steps so ensure that you are wearing proper shoes and not heels or slippers as you’ll be walking around… alot.

Get protected

It was extremely dry and hot when we visited in May. The humidity was insane as we roasted under the sun. Apply sunblock, wear a cap, drink up; basically do anything to keep yourself protected and hydrated.

Rest early

Retire early the night before heading over to Angkor Wat. Pickup to catch the sunrise over Angkor Wat starts at around 3-4 am and you’ll need lots of energy to walk around and discover the beauty.

Filled with mystery and beauty, you will be amazed by the largest architecture monument in the world.

Till then,

Olivia L.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s