April 7, 2014
A symbol of Cambodia and source of national pride is the Angkor Wat temple complex. This United Nations World Heritage Site was built in the 9th century and restored by the French in the early 1900′s as it had been completely enveloped by the jungle. Originally built as a Hindu temple, today it acts as a Buddhist temple.
We visited the complex at sunrise, and, after dodging the Chinese and Australian tourists, found a good spot to document this peaceful event.
Once the sun was up, we spent a couple of hours exploring the network of rooms and hallways, and relief carvings depicting hindu stories and history. This emphasis on education continues with the design of the complex itself as the main entrance is flanked by two libraries (we sat on the steps of one of the libraries to watch the sunrise).
|Buddhist altars are still actively used by monks and the general public.|
|Watching the sun rise over Angkor Wat.|
|The temple is filled with relief carvings of hindu apsaras.|