Angkor is just a little bit of heaven. This is truly one of the most spiritual places on earth, the start of both the Hindu and Buddhist faith, dating back to the 9th Century. Angkor is a series of over 100 temples found near the small town of Siem Reap. A place where ‘god-kings’ ruled as they strove to combine creative ambition and spiritual devotion. These temples are one of the world’s ancient cities filled with symbolism and symmetry.
The Angkor was lost in the 15th Century after the ancient kings abandoned it, as the threat of invasion by Siam was ever increasing. The city was abandoned and left in the jungle. In the 19th Century, French missionaries stumbled upon the ruins and the temples were reborn.
Angkor Wat is one of the 7 wonders of the world. It is Cambodia’s national symbol and represents the Khmer heritage. This temple is a standing example of the humans need to devote their lives to gods. The Wat is the home to one of the world’s greatest stone carvings ever created and is more than 700m long. This depicts epic battles and scenes of Hindu theology. This is the temple found in the well known film, Jungle Book.
This was once home to almost 1 million inhabitants. In the centre one finds Bayon, a temple made up of both Hindu and Buddhist religious deities. This temple is difficult to navigate but most enjoyable.
Unlike the other monuments, Ta Phrom has not been restored and exits as it did when the French first rediscovered it. This temple is truly majestic as it is made up with both stone and nature. The trunks of thousand year old trees and the stones of the temple support each other. The two cannot be without each other, the trees cannot survive without the stone and the stone cannot survive without the trees. A beautiful love story of man and nature. This also the temple where Tomb Raider was set.