Sunday, March 1, 2009

The Beautiful Temples of Angkor

The temples of Angkor are truly a wondrous sight to behold, and really deserve to be called "jewels in the jungle". This post and photos do not do justice to the beauty of these temples, which have to be seen to be believed. The most intricately beautiful carvings in pink sandstone are at Banteay Srei, a 1 hour tuk-tuk ride away from the city, but still as sharp and detailed more than 1000 years after they were first carved. And who can fail to be mesmerized by the enigmatic and creepy power of the Bayon faces (all 216 of them), gazing down upon you in the early morning light. The top photo shows a dance-maiden, also known as apsara, taken at the inner bas-relief wall of the Terrace of the Leper King, and is fascinating as each of the carvings show tremendous attention to detail - the expressions, features and dress of all the maidens are different.

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