I was with my friends and we were in search of a memorable adventure. We dropped the mainstream route of taking a plane to experience Cambodia -- so off to the bus stop we went, and bought our 13-hour bus ride ticket.
It was a great decision, because the intensely rich and picturesque surroundings kept us entertained the whole trip.
Time space warp temples
|Angkor Wat statues adorn the halls, each with it's own story.|
Guided by our local companion, Bon, who knew a ton of background information and insights we traveled to our heart’s desire. He gave us the opportunity to pick his brain and learn to better understand Cambodians as a people.
At Siem Reap we were transported into an architectural masterpiece from thousands of years ago.
The intelligence and sophistication of the masters that conceptualized the structure shows throughout. Power, might and light-heartedness emerge from the artworks on the wall telling tales and signifying depth in their own beliefs.
The symmetry of Angkor Wat is astounding. Imagining it during the time it was fully functional was overwhelming -- Apsara dancers illuminating the halls with their energy, lectures being passed on from one elder to another and kings sharing inspiring thoughts and knowledge with their people.
Another nearby temple we visited was Bayon in Angkor Thom. It’s beauty and look enticed us to come in a series of intricately made smiling facades invite tourists to revisit Jayavarman VII’s work of art. I really love this temple because positivity encapsulated the whole area and the massive stone faces shine on the spotlight.
|Inside the Bayon Temple, Angkor Thom.|
This is where we had fun trying out creative poses mimicking scenes from the movie.
Exploring Siem Reap with my friends proved to be one of the best experiences I had in Cambodia.
We consider ourselves privileged to have been able to experience the glory that once was. If only we could have teleported ourselves back in time -- but alas, pictures and journal entries will have to do.
Nonetheless, to see and touch the pieces is to witness that once there was a time when a genuine love for architecture and passion for their belief carried far across the land.
|Angkor Temple, Cambodia|
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