This is one of the remote temples in the jungles around Angkor Wat. It remained buried in the jungle for several hundred years before it was rediscovered by Englishmen drinking tea and probably saying, “Blimey!”
It took many more hours of sweaty hacking through the jungles of Cambodia to find this place, but it was well worth it. The temple was in worse condition than most of the others around Angkor Wat… although there was still plenty of great stuff to explore.
There was a storm coming in through Siem Reap as I approached the entrance to the temple. There was hardly anyone around and I figured if it started to pour (which it did), I could just hang out inside one of the old tombs for a while (which I did). You would think that maybe you could get interesting pictures in the rain, but I have never been able to do anything of note.
One of my favorite things about the temple at Angkor Wat is that it laid buried and hidden in the jungle for hundreds of years. It’s amazing that a wonder of the old world can just be overgrown in such a short time. Although after taking a bathroom break out in that jungle, I was almost fully absorbed in my two minutes of anxious snake-watching.
This was shot inside of one of the shrines in Angkor Wat… and yes I know Shiva is typically a Hindu God and Buddhists don’t roll that way… but the religion around Cambodia is an interesting mix…
Apsaras are female spirits of the clouds and waters and stem from Buddhist and Hindu mythology. There are countless carvings of the Apsaras, most of them topless and posed, all over Angkor Wat in Cambodia.
Angkor Wat has an interesting mix of Hinduism and Buddhism that I won’t go into right now… maybe in a later post I can talk more about it. As you can see here, you see a traditional Buddhist worshipper in front of a statue of Shiva.
Angkor Wat in Siem Riep (meaning, “The Defeat of the Siamese”) is one of the best ancient sites to visit in the world. There are hardly any tourists, which I, for some jaded reason, despise as a rule. Also, the extreme heat and weather patterns of the area seemed to make for the most unusual sky configurations. I did my best to capture one of them here.
Secondly, below the picture of the temple, I have put another one of my favorites from Angkor Wat, which is an old tree that has grown up and over the ruins, entombing them in roots.