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    Angkor Wat

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Sep 30, 2013

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    This world heritage site is the must-see sight that brings people to Siem Reap. It's size and beauty has to be seen by any serious traveller.. The temple was built by the Khmer culture, specifically by Suryavarman II. It was actively used until late 1500's when the Khmer culture collapsed after being invaded by Thailand.

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    Jungle Temple

    by DSwede Updated May 21, 2013

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    From walking around here, you can easily see why this temple was used as the inspiration of the movie Tomb Raider. The jungle is slowly growing over and engulfing the ancient temple.

    Its official name is Ta Prohm, but in reality most people (and tour operators) just call it the Jungle Temple.

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    Baksei Chamkrong

    by machomikemd Written Jun 29, 2012

    If you are walking at the South Gate of Angkor Thom going to Phnom Bakheng Hill, you will see directions for a hiking trail going to Baksei Chamkrong Temple, which you can hike to since it is just close by from the road. Prasat Baksei Chamkrong is located 150 meters (492 feel) north of Phnom Bakheng and 80 meters (262 feet) from the road leading to the south gate of Angkor Thom.

    according to Wikipedia:

    Baksei Chamkrong is a small Hindu temple located in the Angkor complex (Siem Reap, Cambodia). It is dedicated to Lord Shiva and used to hold a golden image of him. The temple can be seen on the left side when entering Angkor Thom at the southern gate. It was dedicated to Yasovarman by his son, King Harshavarman I. The temple was completed by Rajendravarman II (944-968).[1] The name Baksei Chamkrong means "The Bird Who Shelters Under Its Wings" and comes from a legend. In it, the king tried to flee Angkor during a siege and then a huge bird landed and sheltered him under its wings. The pyramid measures 27 metres across at the base and 15 at the summit for an overall height of 13 metres.

    the view from the hill South Gate at Center, Trail to Baksei at Left trail going to Baksei Chamrong marker more views
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    Views Around Phnom Bakheng Temple

    by machomikemd Updated Jun 29, 2012

    If you have binoculars or a powerful ultra zoom camera like mine hehehe, you maybe able to see the five towers of Angkor Wat in the west, Phnom Krom to the southwest near the Grand Lake, Phnom Bok in the northeast, Phnom Kulen in the east, and the West Baray and even the Airport Runway of the Siem Reap International Airport. All of this while walking at the top level of Phnom Bakheng and using the ultra zoom capability of the camera.

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    Phnom Bakheng is a symbolic representation of Mount Meru, home of the Hindu gods, a status emphasized by the temple’s location atop a steep hill. The temple faces east, measures 76 meters square at its base and is built in a pyramid form of six tiers. At the top level, five sandstone sanctuaries, in various states of repair, stand in a quincunx pattern—one in the center and one at each corner of the level’s square. Originally, 108 small towers were arrayed around the temple at ground level and on various of its tiers; most of them have collapsed.

    Phnom Bakheng Hill and Temple is Open from 5:30 am to 5:30 pm everyday

    Angkor Wat from Phnom Bakheng west baray panoramic view Culen Mountain Airport Runway hehehe me using my canon powershot sx 40
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    Phnom Bakheng Temple (2)

    by machomikemd Written Jun 29, 2012

    More pictures around the top level of the Temple of Phnom Bakheng

    Phnom Bakheng Temple Sits above a hill and this tip will be about the Phnom Bakheng Hill. Phnom Bakheng Hill is located about 400 meters south of the South Entrance of Angkor Thom and is one of the most visited places of the Angkor Complex for sunrise and sunset views of the Angkor Archeological park Via the Phnom Bakheng Temple along it's summit. The Temple was built 2 centuries before the Angkor Wat was even made. After Yasovarman became king in 889, he founded his own capital, Tasoharapura, Northwest of Roluos and built Bakheng as his state temple. The sites known today as Angkor and thus Bakheng is sometimes called 'the first Angkor The hike along Phnom Bakheng Hill is via two routes, An Elephant Ride at the botton which costs $ 10 up to the temple steps (you need to climb up the temple yourself) or via a long and circuitous route along a hiking trail going up the top fo the hill (the walk is about 15 minutes) for about 1.5 kilometers (about 1 mile) to the top plus climbing the steps to the Temple.

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    Phnom Bakheng is a symbolic representation of Mount Meru, home of the Hindu gods, a status emphasized by the temple’s location atop a steep hill. The temple faces east, measures 76 meters square at its base and is built in a pyramid form of six tiers. At the top level, five sandstone sanctuaries, in various states of repair, stand in a quincunx pattern—one in the center and one at each corner of the level’s square. Originally, 108 small towers were arrayed around the temple at ground level and on various of its tiers; most of them have collapsed.

    Phnom Bakheng Hill and Temple is Open from 5:30 am to 5:30 pm everyday

    If you have binoculars or a powerful ultra zoom camera, you maybe able to see the five towers of Angkor Wat in the west, Phnom Krom to the southwest near the Grand Lake, Phnom Bok in the northeast, Phnom Kulen in the east, and the West Baray.

    the center tower pose the buddhist statue at center tower around more pics
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    Phnom Bakheng Temple (1)

    by machomikemd Written Jun 29, 2012

    This will be my tips on Phnom Bakheng Temple, atop the Phnom Bakheng Hill.

    Phnom Bakheng Temple Sits above a hill and this tip will be about the Phnom Bakheng Hill. Phnom Bakheng Hill is located about 400 meters south of the South Entrance of Angkor Thom and is one of the most visited places of the Angkor Complex for sunrise and sunset views of the Angkor Archeological park Via the Phnom Bakheng Temple along it's summit. The Temple was built 2 centuries before the Angkor Wat was even made. After Yasovarman became king in 889, he founded his own capital, Tasoharapura, Northwest of Roluos and built Bakheng as his state temple. The sites known today as Angkor and thus Bakheng is sometimes called 'the first Angkor The hike along Phnom Bakheng Hill is via two routes, An Elephant Ride at the botton which costs $ 10 up to the temple steps (you need to climb up the temple yourself) or via a long and circuitous route along a hiking trail going up the top fo the hill (the walk is about 15 minutes) for about 1.5 kilometers (about 1 mile) to the top plus climbing the steps to the Temple.

    According to Wikipedia:

    Phnom Bakheng is a symbolic representation of Mount Meru, home of the Hindu gods, a status emphasized by the temple’s location atop a steep hill. The temple faces east, measures 76 meters square at its base and is built in a pyramid form of six tiers. At the top level, five sandstone sanctuaries, in various states of repair, stand in a quincunx pattern—one in the center and one at each corner of the level’s square. Originally, 108 small towers were arrayed around the temple at ground level and on various of its tiers; most of them have collapsed.

    Phnom Bakheng Hill and Temple is Open from 5:30 am to 5:30 pm everyday

    If you have binoculars or a powerful ultra zoom camera, you maybe able to see the five towers of Angkor Wat in the west, Phnom Krom to the southwest near the Grand Lake, Phnom Bok in the northeast, Phnom Kulen in the east, and the West Baray.

    the steep steps the ground level of the temple under restoration wall going up
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    West Baray

    by machomikemd Written Jun 29, 2012

    Angkorian Empire thrives on the water supply that irrigates the ricefields around the complex and gives potable water to the subjects and hence there are two large reservoirs in the Angkor Complex, the larger of which is the West Baray. The reservoir is rectangular in shape and measuring approximately 8 by 2.1 kilometers, the West Baray is the largest baray at Angkor. Its waters are contained by tall earthen dikes. In the center of the baray is the West Mebon, a Hindu temple built on an artificial island. Visitors can hire a boat to take them to the island in the middle where West Mebon temple once stood. Today, only traces of it remain. But the island is a pleasant spot for a picnic or just walking around when water level is low. It is located west of Angkor Thom and you can have wonderful views of it while climbing Phnom Bakheng Hill if you have powerful zoom cameras.

    west baray panoramic view west baray with west mebon marker west mebon close up from 35x optical zoom marker
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    Ta Phrom (Deepest Part)

    by machomikemd Written Jun 29, 2012

    This pictures will be at the Deepest part of the ta Phrom complex. This area has many darkened hallways more banyan trees and there is a short cut to the exit too.

    This will be a Multi Part Tips on Ta Phrom Temple. This temple is easily the most popular area to see after angkor wat and angkor thom since the temple has many huge trees embracing the various structures around the complex. This is [art of the scene in Angelina Jolie's Tomb Raider 1 where she entered the temple and got the first part of the triangle and fought with the stone monsters. Ta Prohm is among the largest of the monuments in the Angkor complex.

    The complex included 260 statues of gods, 39 towers with pinnacles and 566 groups of residences. Ta Prohm comprises a series of long low buildings standing on one level, which are enclosed by rectangular laterite wall (600 by 1,000 meters, 1,959 by 3,281 feet). Only traces of the wall are still visible. The center of the monument is reached by a series of towers connected with passages. This arrangement forms a ' sort of sacred way into the heart of the monument’; three-square galleries enclose the area.

    Ta Phrom is located approximately one kilometre east of Angkor Thom and on the southern edge of the East Baray, it was founded by the Khmer King Jayavarman VII as a Mahayana Buddhist monastery and university. Unlike most Angkorian temples, Ta Prohm has been left in much the same condition in which it was found: the photogenic and atmospheric combination of trees growing out of the ruins and the jungle surroundings have made it one of Angkor's most popular temples with visitors.

    the deepest part souvenir sellers dark hallways view of a hallway pose
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    Ta Phrom (Middle Part)

    by machomikemd Written Jun 29, 2012

    This pictures will be at the middle part of the ta Phrom complex. This area has many darkened hallways and is at the big banyan tree where Angelina Jolie Entered the Temple supposedly to get one piece of the triangle of light from the tomb raider 1 movie.

    This will be a Multi Part Tips on Ta Phrom Temple. This temple is easily the most popular area to see after angkor wat and angkor thom since the temple has many huge trees embracing the various structures around the complex. This is [art of the scene in Angelina Jolie's Tomb Raider 1 where she entered the temple and got the first part of the triangle and fought with the stone monsters. Ta Prohm is among the largest of the monuments in the Angkor complex.

    The complex included 260 statues of gods, 39 towers with pinnacles and 566 groups of residences. Ta Prohm comprises a series of long low buildings standing on one level, which are enclosed by rectangular laterite wall (600 by 1,000 meters, 1,959 by 3,281 feet). Only traces of the wall are still visible. The center of the monument is reached by a series of towers connected with passages. This arrangement forms a ' sort of sacred way into the heart of the monument’; three-square galleries enclose the area.

    Ta Phrom is located approximately one kilometre east of Angkor Thom and on the southern edge of the East Baray, it was founded by the Khmer King Jayavarman VII as a Mahayana Buddhist monastery and university. Unlike most Angkorian temples, Ta Prohm has been left in much the same condition in which it was found: the photogenic and atmospheric combination of trees growing out of the ruins and the jungle surroundings have made it one of Angkor's most popular temples with visitors.

    the angelina jolie entrance in tomb raider 1 more banyan trees along the complex pose among the banyan trees
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    Ta Phrom (Under reconstruction)

    by machomikemd Written Jun 29, 2012

    The Archeological Survey of India, one of the foreign government grants that helps restore the Angkor Complex is now aggresively restructuring pars of Ta Phrom as you will see in my Pictures. A crane has been erected and a large amount of building work is underway to restore the temple, with much of the work seemingly just rebuilding the temple from scratch as at other sites. Wooden walkways, platforms, and roped railings have been put in place around the site which now block some of the previously famous postcard photo opportunities

    This will be a Multi Part Tips on Ta Phrom Temple. This temple is easily the most popular area to see after angkor wat and angkor thom since the temple has many huge trees embracing the various structures around the complex. This is [art of the scene in Angelina Jolie's Tomb Raider 1 where she entered the temple and got the first part of the triangle and fought with the stone monsters. Ta Prohm is among the largest of the monuments in the Angkor complex.

    The complex included 260 statues of gods, 39 towers with pinnacles and 566 groups of residences. Ta Prohm comprises a series of long low buildings standing on one level, which are enclosed by rectangular laterite wall (600 by 1,000 meters, 1,959 by 3,281 feet). Only traces of the wall are still visible. The center of the monument is reached by a series of towers connected with passages. This arrangement forms a ' sort of sacred way into the heart of the monument’; three-square galleries enclose the area.

    Ta Phrom is located approximately one kilometre east of Angkor Thom and on the southern edge of the East Baray, it was founded by the Khmer King Jayavarman VII as a Mahayana Buddhist monastery and university. Unlike most Angkorian temples, Ta Prohm has been left in much the same condition in which it was found: the photogenic and atmospheric combination of trees growing out of the ruins and the jungle surroundings have made it one of Angkor's most popular temples with visitors.

    parts are blocked off for restoration the sponsor of the restoration more sites for restoration workers busy again
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    Ta Phrom (Outer Part)

    by machomikemd Written Jun 29, 2012

    This pictures will be at the outer part of the ta Phrom complex. near the ruins being restored.

    This will be a Multi Part Tips on Ta Phrom Temple. This temple is easily the most popular area to see after angkor wat and angkor thom since the temple has many huge trees embracing the various structures around the complex. This is [art of the scene in Angelina Jolie's Tomb Raider 1 where she entered the temple and got the first part of the triangle and fought with the stone monsters. Ta Prohm is among the largest of the monuments in the Angkor complex.

    The complex included 260 statues of gods, 39 towers with pinnacles and 566 groups of residences. Ta Prohm comprises a series of long low buildings standing on one level, which are enclosed by rectangular laterite wall (600 by 1,000 meters, 1,959 by 3,281 feet). Only traces of the wall are still visible. The center of the monument is reached by a series of towers connected with passages. This arrangement forms a ' sort of sacred way into the heart of the monument’; three-square galleries enclose the area.

    Ta Phrom is located approximately one kilometre east of Angkor Thom and on the southern edge of the East Baray, it was founded by the Khmer King Jayavarman VII as a Mahayana Buddhist monastery and university. Unlike most Angkorian temples, Ta Prohm has been left in much the same condition in which it was found: the photogenic and atmospheric combination of trees growing out of the ruins and the jungle surroundings have made it one of Angkor's most popular temples with visitors.

    the famous banyan tree in Ta Phrom pose in front enter among the ruins the walk
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    Phnom Bakheng Hill

    by machomikemd Written Jun 28, 2012

    Phnom Bakheng Temple Sits above a hill and this tip will be about the Phnom Bakheng Hill. Phnom Bakheng Hill is located about 400 meters south of the South Entrance of Angkor Thom and is one of the most visited places of the Angkor Complex for sunrise and sunset views of the Angkor Archeological park Via the Phnom Bakheng Temple along it's summit. The Temple was built 2 centuries before the Angkor Wat was even made. The hike along Phnom Bakheng Hill is via two routes, An Elephant Ride at the botton which costs $ 10 up to the temple steps (you need to climb up the temple yourself) or via a long and circuitous route along a hiking trail going up the top fo the hill (the walk is about 15 minutes) for about 1.5 kilometers (about 1 mile) to the top plus climbing the steps to the Temple.

    Phnom Bakheng Hill and Temple is Open from 5:30 am to 5:30 pm everyday

    view from the hill elephant ride anyone? view of West Baray from Phnom Bakheng the hiking trail map
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    Ta Phrom (Passageway to Ta Phrom)

    by machomikemd Written Jun 28, 2012

    This will be a Multi Part Tips on Ta Phrom Temple. This temple is easily the most popular area to see after angkor wat and angkor thom since the temple has many huge trees embracing the various structures around the complex. This is [art of the scene in Angelina Jolie's Tomb Raider 1 where she entered the temple and got the first part of the triangle and fought with the stone monsters. Ta Prohm is among the largest of the monuments in the Angkor complex.

    The complex included 260 statues of gods, 39 towers with pinnacles and 566 groups of residences. Ta Prohm comprises a series of long low buildings standing on one level, which are enclosed by rectangular laterite wall (600 by 1,000 meters, 1,959 by 3,281 feet). Only traces of the wall are still visible. The center of the monument is reached by a series of towers connected with passages. This arrangement forms a ' sort of sacred way into the heart of the monument’; three-square galleries enclose the area.

    Ta Phrom is located approximately one kilometre east of Angkor Thom and on the southern edge of the East Baray, it was founded by the Khmer King Jayavarman VII as a Mahayana Buddhist monastery and university. Unlike most Angkorian temples, Ta Prohm has been left in much the same condition in which it was found: the photogenic and atmospheric combination of trees growing out of the ruins and the jungle surroundings have made it one of Angkor's most popular temples with visitors.

    the long walk to ta phrom musicians wooden bridge reconstructions of the stones the entrance
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    Bayon (Prasat Bayon) Central Tower

    by machomikemd Written Jun 28, 2012

    This will be more pictures of the Central Tower. The Central Tower is the highest at 43 meters high and where a Large Buddha is located.

    according to wikipedia:

    It rises 43 metres above the ground. At the time of the temple's foundation, the principal religious image was a statue of the Buddha, 3.6 m tall, located in the sanctuary at the heart of the central tower. The statue depicted the Buddha seated in meditation, shielded from the elements by the flared hood of the serpent king Mucalinda. During the reign of Hindu restorationist monarch Jayavarman VIII, the figure was removed from the sanctuary and smashed to pieces. After being recovered in 1933 from the bottom of a well, it was pieced back together, and is now on display in a small pavilion at Angkor.[17]

    The Prasat Bayon or Bayon, sits at the Middle of the huge Angkor Thom Capital of the Angkor Empire. It was the centerpiece State Temple of the greatest Angkor King, Jayavarman VII, who was a Mahayana Buddhist, unlike his predecessors who were Shaivite Hindus. Jayavarman di not finished the temple until his death and the other Angkorian Kings after him added some features and Bas reliefs on it plus other hindu statues. The Bayon's most distinctive feature is the multitude of serene and massive stone faces on the many towers which jut out from the upper terrace and cluster around its central peak which some scholars say is the face of Jayavarman VII (since Mahayana Buddhist then believe in a God King, hence the likeness of the statues). A peculiarity of the Bayon is the absence of an enclosing wall. It is, though, protected by the wall surrounding the city of Angkor Thom. The basic plan of the Bayon is a simple one comprising three levels (1-3). The first and second levels are square galleries featuring bas-reliefs. A circular Central Sanctuary dominates the third level. Despite this seemingly simple plan, the arrangement of the Bayon is complex, with a maze of galleries, passages and steps connected in a way that make the levels practically indistinguishable and creates dim lighting, narrow walkways, and low ceilings.

    the central tower pose many hallways at central tower the buddha statue under the central tower again the buddha statue
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    Bayon (Prasat Bayon) Smiling Towers

    by machomikemd Written Jun 28, 2012

    This will be a more pictures of the Smiling Faces and the Face Towers of the Bayon, each of which supports two, three or (most commonly) four gigantic smiling faces. In addition to the mass of the central tower, smaller towers are located along the inner gallery (at the corners and entrances), and on chapels on the upper terrace. The Central Tower is the highest at 43 meters high and where a Large Buddha is located.

    The Prasat Bayon or Bayon, sits at the Middle of the huge Angkor Thom Capital of the Angkor Empire. It was the centerpiece State Temple of the greatest Angkor King, Jayavarman VII, who was a Mahayana Buddhist, unlike his predecessors who were Shaivite Hindus. Jayavarman di not finished the temple until his death and the other Angkorian Kings after him added some features and Bas reliefs on it plus other hindu statues. The Bayon's most distinctive feature is the multitude of serene and massive stone faces on the many towers which jut out from the upper terrace and cluster around its central peak which some scholars say is the face of Jayavarman VII (since Mahayana Buddhist then believe in a God King, hence the likeness of the statues). A peculiarity of the Bayon is the absence of an enclosing wall. It is, though, protected by the wall surrounding the city of Angkor Thom. The basic plan of the Bayon is a simple one comprising three levels (1-3). The first and second levels are square galleries featuring bas-reliefs. A circular Central Sanctuary dominates the third level. Despite this seemingly simple plan, the arrangement of the Bayon is complex, with a maze of galleries, passages and steps connected in a way that make the levels practically indistinguishable and creates dim lighting, narrow walkways, and low ceilings.

    pose yeah hehehe many smiling towers smiling tower ruins
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