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We satisfied our Indiana Jones jones at Angkor. Angkor is essentially a 120 square mile site near Siam Reap, Cambodia containing hundreds of ancient Khmer temples, built between the 8th and 13th centuries. The ancient Khmers were very industrious; the sheer size and range of architectural styles of the temples is stunning.
It’s hard to describe so grand a place, so I’ll just give a few impressions.
Angkor Wat is considered the jewel in the crown; its defining features are massive pinecone-shaped towers that look almost four-dimensional with geometries pushing outward in unexpected ways.

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They get angry if you wear red…

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As we approached, our guide, Tea, told us an abbreviated version of the Ramayana, a Hindu epic whose scenes are carved on the walls of the temple Angkor Wat and many of the other temples. How can one resist a tale including five-headed cobras; a monkey army; a ten headed, twenty armed demon; churning a sea of milk; and a sacred goose?

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The stunning view from atop Angkor… camera doesn’t do it justice.

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The Naga, five-headed symbol of protection. I really enjoyed learning about all the fantastic beings and beasts.

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Worshippers still come here. Many of the temples were originally Hindu, and are now Buddhist. So sometimes Buddha has many arms.

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Three-headed elephants sport rakish caps.

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Some temples have been restored. Others are given back to the jungle. Walking through certain temples, when the light is just right, you feel like a 19th century Idochina explorer, hacking your way through the jungle. Then a Korean tour group comes in to take photos of eachother making the peace sign.

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River of a thousand lingas. The original on-site sculpture; the lingas are discs carved from the rock under the river.

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