Thursday, May 7, 2009


Cambodia is a spectacular country with a tragic history.  During my visiting in 2001 I visited the infamous Khmer Rouge prison, Tuol Sleng, and the killing fields at Choeung Ek. Both were very sobering experiences.

The premier attraction in Cambodia is Angkor Wat located near Siem Reap. It is striking in both size and the endless reliefs that adorn the never ending corridor walls. No wonder Cambodian’s placed this structure on their national flag.

When I recall Cambodia I instantly remember the ancient temple ruins in Siem Riep that were engulfed by vegetation. Some of the pictures below have been immortalized in the Tomb Raider movie that were shot shortly before I arrived.


Choeung Ek



“Face towers of the Bayonrepresent the king as the Bodhisattva Lokesvara.”

“A bas-relief in a tympanum at Banteay Srei shows Indra releasing the rains in an attempt to extinguish the fire created by Agni.”


Angkor Wat

“The bas-relief of the Churning of the Sea of Milk shows Vishnu in the centre, his turtle avatarKurma below, asuras and devas to left and right, and apsaras and Indra above.”


The Next Generation…

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