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    North Kleang

    by herzog63 Written Aug 9, 2003

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    North Kleang

    Favorite thing: Just across the road from the Terrace of the Leper King you will see a series of stone strutures. That is the North Kleang. The buildings are 10th and 11th Century. I thought they were cool places to check out.....But when we went it was about 2 Pm and VERY HOT!!! These buildings aren't shaded like the places that we spent the morning checking out. LOL

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    Tep Pranam

    by herzog63 Written Aug 8, 2003

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    Tep Pranam

    Favorite thing: The area of Tep Pranam is somewhat interesting. This Buddha is a reconstruction of the original that was housed here and was either destroyed or stolen...I forgot what the story was. Tep Pranam is close to the the Phimeanakas area and they are all within walking distance.
    You can see the Buddha feet that are the remains of another standing statue that isn't there anymore! At least I think it was standing.

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    Preah Palilay

    by herzog63 Written Aug 8, 2003

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    Preah Palilay

    Favorite thing: Preah Palilay is about 900 years old and sure looks it!! It is pretty run down but the area is under the trees for that needed protection from the sun. The temple used to have an important Buddha inside it but that seemed long gone!

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    Narrow Passageway

    by herzog63 Updated Jul 31, 2003

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    Terrace of the Leper King

    Favorite thing: You can find this on the South side of the Terrace of the Leper King. It is quite interesting but if you have claustrophobia don't go in! LOL It is very narrow and the walls are quite high. There are 4 tiers of carvings featuring the Apasara and Naga. It is very difficult to get good photos inside. You will do ok if you have a wide angle lense. There isn't a roof so you get plenty of natural light but the shadowing make it difficult too. I didn't have a flash.

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    Statue....

    by herzog63 Written Jul 31, 2003

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    God of Death??

    Favorite thing: Well from what I understand about this statue is that it's a copy of an original (original house in a museum in Phnom Penh) statue of Yama the God of Death. It sure sounded spooky to me! Personally I'd get rid of the statue if it was mine! Or change the name! LOL God of Life??

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    Terrace of the Leper King

    by herzog63 Written Jul 31, 2003

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    Terrace of the Leper King

    Favorite thing: There are a couple of terraced walls just north of the Bayon. They are in easy walking distance so if you have a motorcycle you might want to leave it at one of the food stalls and just walk as there are interesting sights to see along the way. I believe I took this photo near the Terrace of the Leper King as it enters into a narrow passage way. Well anyways this whole area is so interesting. I missed some of the finer details in my notes that tell me what each photo is! LOL

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    51 small towers

    by herzog63 Written Jul 31, 2003

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    Bayon towers

    Favorite thing: There are 51 smaller towers similar to this on in the Bayon Complex. They each have a face carved on all 4 sides. Them seem identical to me and they are at a level that makes them very easy to see! They almost give the feeling of eeriness as I stood under them looking up!

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    Small Temple

    by herzog63 Written Jul 31, 2003

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    Small Temple

    Favorite thing: This small temple is located near the south-western wall of the Bayon. It's a good place to meet up with some Monks if your interested in talking to them. If you're lucky you'll meet one that speaks some English or possibly French. The Temple in itself isn't that interesting compared to the other sights of the area but it's worth a small visit.

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    Bas-Reliefs..Great Depiction of life of the times

    by herzog63 Written Jul 31, 2003

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    Bas-Relief Bayon

    Favorite thing: In these Bas-Reliefs you will see how life exsisted during the time of Jayavarman VII. I guess thay didn't have Video cameras back then! I thought the Bas-Reliefs were interesting but didn't spend a whole lot of time studying them and wasn't super interested in learning the fine details about them. I was more interested in taking in the Ambience of being in the Bayon and imagining ancient an Ancient King and his keepers wandering around.

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    Archaelogical Studies

    by herzog63 Written Jul 31, 2003

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    Piece of the puzzle

    Favorite thing: There seemed to be different groups working on either studying or documenting the Bayon when I was there. The Government is keen to let these groups in as I'm sure it brings some $$$$ for the people okaying such deals. But I'm also sure that it is good for the survival of the Bayon too. There are pieces of the puzzle similar to this one all over the Angkor area. At one time it must have been intact and part of a gate or a wall.

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    Local Worshipers

    by herzog63 Updated Jul 30, 2003

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    Worship at the Bayon

    Favorite thing: You will see people worshiping at a couple of the Buddhas inside the Bayon. I may be wrong but the Buddha that is to the right of the East Gate seemed to be the most important one. It was definately the most picturesque for me!! I took so many photos of it.

    Fondest memory: The Lady in the Green Sarong can be a bit much as she shoves incense sticks in your face as you walk by.

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    Face of the Bayon

    by herzog63 Written Jul 30, 2003

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    My Son at the Bayon

    Favorite thing: My son and I really enjoyed our time that we spent at the Bayon. Something about the 200 or so faces of Avalokiteshiva and the way it's situated in the forest. I could spend the whole day just taking photos of the faces and I would have to say to myself STOP!! LOL

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    Small Chapel Near Preah Palilay

    by herzog63 Written Aug 8, 2003

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    Old ruins

    Favorite thing: As with the whole area you can find small pretty much unnamed ruins like this. This one is located near the Preah Palilay Temple Ruins. Nothing living here except spiders now.

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    Back in the Western Corner...

    by herzog63 Written Jul 31, 2003

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    North Western Corner of the Bayon

    Favorite thing: You can get some great views of the faces that seem to be staring off into the forest. These smaller towers are so cool as they seemed destined to eventually tip over. They have a slight tilt now...

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