The Entrance to the Temple in the Storm

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.

The Entrance to the Temple

Shiva and the Buddhist

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…

Shiva and the Buddhist

Monks Noir

These three monks were on the side of Angkor Wat, out taking a break and collecting some fruit from a tree for a snack.
Monks Noir

The Khmer Apsaras

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.
The Khmer Apsara

The Light of Shiva

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.
Shiva in the Light

The Timelessness of Angkor Wat

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.

The Timelessness of Angkor Wat

Swallowing the Ruins

They Know Everything About You

Moving from courtyard to court hard within the temple, I came across these three monks in their bright orange robes.

They Know Everything About You

Heads of Kings and Heads of Buddhas

This is the entryway to one of Angkor Wat’s grand gates in Cambodia. This is the most well-preserved area. Most heads from other areas have either been stolen by treasure hunters or removed by the communists during the period of the Khmer Rouge and Pol Pot.
Heads of Kings and Heads of Buddhas

The Secret Cave, Enshrouded in Roots

This overgrown enclosure was found deep in the jungles of Cambodia, which is about 99% of Cambodia.
The Secret Cave, Enshrouded in Roots

Grooming and Bugs

I found these two monkeys (male and female) by themselves preening one another in the late afternoon in the jungles of Cambodia.

Grooming and Bugs

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