The 8th Wonder of the World

July 4, 2009 · 7 comments

The statues guarding the entrance over the moat to Angkor Wat

The statues guarding the entrance over the moat to Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat is the world renowned wat (temple) in Angkor World heritage site and was built in the early 12th Century.

Angkor Wat Internal Wall Sculpture

A Sculpture on a internal pillar supporting the temples grand roof

Originally for Hindu’s but later with the king converting to Buddism the use of the temple changed during the construction.

The outer walls of the temple 3.6km long and has the moat going around that. The temple itself is approximately 1.5km x 1.2km so it takes quite a while to walk around! Within the temple surround walls includes all resources needed for the worlds largest community (at the time).

The Library beside the central Wat

The Library beside the central Wat

The Angkor world heritage area was the first in the world to support 1 million inhabitants at one time (London in the same era had a mere 40,000 people population). It comprises of many temples of different eras (700-1300AD).

A tree growing out of an Angkor Heritage temple

A tree growing out of an Angkor Heritage temple

I visited Angkor Wat (the biggest one with the moat around it), Angkor Thom area with Bayon Wat (The ones with all the faces carved into the stone), Preah Khan (The one with the trees growing out of the walls) and another one that translates in English to Elephant Temple, as it is decorated with Elephant carvings.

Avalokiteśvara / Jayavarman VII face sculpture on Bayon Wat

Avalokiteśvara / Jayavarman VII face sculpture on Bayon Wat

Elephant Temple in Angkor Thom area

Elephant Temple in Angkor Thom area

Ancient tree growing out of temple walls

Ancient tree growing out of temple walls

Leaving the Angkor Wat I came across a group of people (apsara dancers) in clothing which was similar to the carvings on the walls inside the temple.

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Lorac July 10, 2009 at 2:02 PM

Love the trees growing out of the temples. Was that a dance troupe in the picture?

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Adventure Rob August 2, 2009 at 12:21 PM

They were in traditional wear as shown on the sculpted walls around Angkor Wat, posing for pictures for us visitors coming and going into the temple.

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Alex September 20, 2009 at 4:43 AM

Some fantastic photography here bud, I especially like the one of the inner library area!

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AdventureRob September 20, 2009 at 10:06 AM

Thanks Alex, it would be easy to spend a week here and take a lot of good photos due to the sheer amount of unique wats about.

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dharma May 3, 2010 at 5:06 AM

Nice pictures you got there!…
I’ve always wanted to go to this place…but I’m still working hard to get the money…you are a jetsetter!…
I love exploring your website and I’m learning a lot too!…
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Corporate clothing November 10, 2010 at 9:49 AM

Hi,thanks for providing such beautiful pictures.Really these are wonderful.I would like to spend some time of my life here.Specially i liked the picture of Elephant Temple in Angkor Thom area.Thanks again for sharing the information…

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