Angkor Wat and the surrounding temples is such an incredible fascinating place. The remains of what an empire, putting all its resources into the creation of these sites, managed to achieve. Its a testament to their ingenuity and its amazing it is still in the condition it is today. Its hard to do it justice – through these hastily taken photos, the tourists (although it wasn’t too bad for us when we were there), the heat and the short amount of time most people have to see these in. Temple fatigue really is a thing. Still, an extremely memorable place.
Starting simple, Angkor Wat itself. It covers such a huge area its hard to understand both by photographs and even in reality.
Inside the vertical stone city of Angkor Wat
Looking down from one of the central towers with the gateway in the distance
The main central tower to Angkor Wat
Inside one of the courtyards
Lovely detail on these stone window ‘bars’.
Incredible carved relief, note the burnished marks from people touching them…
Great light illuminating the intricate carved detail.
Ta Prohm, the infamous overgrown temple.
The tree’s roots, and they way they sit over the ruins, is just increible.
Great long corridor of stone.
Loved the light here.
From Baphuon looking towards the entrance and the Terrace of the Elephants.
Inside the maze that is Bayon.
The famous faces of Bayon.
The top tier of Bayon Temple.
Some of the incredible carved details from Banteay Srei, or the Lady Temple.
Preah Ko in the Roluos Group of temples, just outside the main set at Angkor Wat.
A small glimpse of many of the lakes/ moats/ water features that surround some of the temples.
Entrance way to Preah Khan
Inside Preah Khan
Great light here, at Preah Khan.
Its utterly facinating how these temples have even managed to survive to the condition many of them are considering how nature has attempted to reclaim them.
I just love how they are still more or less in one piece considering how haphazard the stones are nowadays.