Monday, February 28, 2005
Sunday, February 27, 2005
One of the interesting features on almost all of the buildings were the "sculptures" (I'm having trouble finding the right architectural term. It's more than a bas-relief but attached to a wall so not really its own sculpture) of apsaras that lined most of the walls. Apsaras are the dancing women pictured there. Actually Angkor Wat and its environs are where most artistic and cultural traditions in SE Asia (including Laos, Thailand, and Cambodia) originate from. Granted now the Thai dancers tend to wear tops...unless of course they're on Patpong Alley, but that's a different story!
Saturday, February 26, 2005
Thursday, February 24, 2005
This is another shot coming from Angkor Wat's environs. I'm spacing on the name at the moment of exactly which temple this was from, but the trees growing out from the buildings were certainly a sight. I remember at first that I was almost disappointed at the ruin of the sights, but then after hearing the story of a well mapped building that they couldn't find after Cambodia re-opened after Pol Pot because it was so covered in jungle, I decided I could be forgiving!
Wednesday, February 23, 2005
Just wanted to let everyone know that I made it back safely to Kunming. I also thought I'd take the opportunity to restart the daily photo thing now that I've got LOTS of photos to share from my trip! So, without further ado, let me give you a pic from Cambodia of Bayon, which is a temple located at the exact center of Angkor Thom (Angkor Town) near the famous Angkor Wat. I'm pretty sure I mentioned it before because of all of the smiling faces (there are over 200 of them!).