Siem Reap, Angkor wat, second day (48km)

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Second day visiting Angkor park. Today I’ve done the small tour but cycled even more than 2 days ago because I run out of battery and had to came back “home” during lunch time. That second visit was good but hey, this place is huge.

Map.

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This morning, I’m on my way to Ta Prohm. Along the way I cycle through nice rice fields. The sun is up, I cross my fingers for no rain today.

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Ta Prohm (Khmer: ប្រាសាទតាព្រហ្ម, pronunciation: prasat taprohm) is the modern name of the temple at Angkor, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia, built in the Bayon style largely in the late 12th and early 13th centuries and originally called Rajavihara (wikipedia).

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Ta Prohm is famous for its huge trees growing on the temple’s walls.

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Wider view.

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Unfortunately, the temple being renovated it’s difficult to avoid that big crane in the middle of the view.

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I like the colours of this one, green, azur, brown, yellow…

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Some perspective.

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Black and white.

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Look at the supports!

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Ta Prohm is a real maze. I’m kind of lost.

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Quite hard to take pictures here.

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The tree is literally eating the wall.

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Obviously, that’s not the right way.

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What about there?

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!!

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I’m out!

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Ouch! broken…

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Hey, I think I’ve found the main entrance :-)

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Yes, that’s the one.

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Front view.

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Skylight.

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I’m going out to make sure I didn’t miss any thing but my bicycle is parked on the opposite side.

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Green!

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Back towards the entrance. I feel I missed something…

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Is it the one? not sure.

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That’s still impressive.

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Nice pattern :-)

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I like the style of the ceiling.

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Spying on Apsara.

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Grrr!

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Back to the beginning. Let’s visit the next site.

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I’m not really sure if that wall is leaning of not.

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There is more habitations around here.

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Most of the time, when possible, I cycle along those walls, in the quiet nature.

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Hey!

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I might get lot finally… ;-)


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Hey no I’ve found Ta KeoTa Keo (Khmer: ប្រាសាទតាកែវ) is a temple-mountain, in Angkor (Cambodia), possibly the first to be built entirely of sandstone by Khmers.

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They are doing a very hard work on this one. The workers teams have dismounted more than 10.000 blocks and replaced them.

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A Khmer family praying.

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The view from the top of Ta Keo.

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Another side.

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That’s it for this one. I’m on the saddle again.


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Chau Say Tevoda (Khmer: ប្រាសាទចៅសាយទេវតា) is a temple at Angkor, Cambodia. It is located just east of Angkor Thom, directly south of Thommanon across the Victory Way (it pre-dates the former and post-dates the latter). Built in the mid-12th century, it is a Hindu temple in the Angkor Watperiod. The temple is dedicated to Shiva and Vishnu, and with unique types of female sculptures of devatas enshrined in it (wikipedia source).
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Thommanon (Khmer: ប្រាសាទធម្មនន្ទ) is one of a pair of Hindu temples built during the reign of Suryavarman II (from 1113–1150) at Angkor, Cambodia. This small and elegant temple is located east of the Gate of Victory of Angkor Thom and north of Chau Say Tevoda. It is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, inscribed by UNESCO in 1992 titled Angkor. The temple is dedicated to Shiva and Vishnu (wikipedia source).

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Victoria Gate is one of the five gates around “The Bayon” temple.

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Closer look.

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Cycling towards “The Bayon” temple now.

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North Khleang.

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Preah Palilay (Khmer: ប្រាសាទព្រះប៉ាលីឡៃ) is a temple at Angkor, Cambodia. It is located in Angkor Thom, 400 m north-west of Phimeanakas (wikipedia source).

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Walking around…

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Trees grow anywhere.

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Second view angle.

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The top of the temple.

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I’m now walking to the back of the park.

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Nice one :-)


Ooups! no more battery. I must go back to charge.

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I’m going back to the Guesthouse to charge my battery and have lunch. That’s Charles de Gaulle avenue again with elephants.


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About an hour later I’m back front of Angkor wat.

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Anf finally back where I left this morning.

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I keep on walking through the back of the park.

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Phimeanakas (Khmer: ប្រាសាទភិមានអាកាស, Prasat Phimean Akas, ‘celestial temple’) or Vimeanakas (Khmer: ប្រាសាទវិមានអាកាស, Prasat Vimean Akas) at Angkor, Cambodia, is a Hindu temple in the Khleang style, built at the end of the 10th century, during the reign of Rajendravarman (from 941-968), then completed by Suryavarman I in the shape of a three tier pyramid as a Hindu temple. On top of the pyramid there was a tower, while on the edge of top platform there are galleries. Phimeanakas is located inside the walled enclosure of the Royal Palace of Angkor Thom north of Baphuon.

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We cannot go up there.

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Keep on moving.


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The Terrace of the Elephants (Khmer: ព្រះលានជល់ដំរី) is part of the walled city of Angkor Thom, a ruined temple complex in Cambodia. The terrace was used by Angkor’s king Jayavarman VII as a platform from which to view his victorious returning army. It was attached to the palace of Phimeanakas (Khmer: ប្រាសាទភិមានអាកាស), of which only a few ruins remain. Most of the original structure was made of organic material and has long since disappeared. Most of what remains are the foundation platforms of the complex. The terrace is named for the carvings of elephants on its eastern face (wikipedia source).

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The Baphuon (Khmer: ប្រាសាទបាពួន) is a temple at Angkor, Cambodia. It is located in Angkor Thom, northwest of the Bayon. Built in the mid-11th century, it is a three-tiered temple mountain built as the state temple of Udayadityavarman II dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva. It is the archetype of the Baphuon style (wikipedia source).

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Front view.


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The Bayon (Khmer: ប្រាសាទបាយ័ន, Prasat Bayon) is a well-known and richly decorated Khmer temple at Angkor in Cambodia. Built in the late 12th or early 13th century as the official state temple of the Mahayana Buddhist King Jayavarman VII, the Bayon stands at the centre of Jayavarman’s capital, Angkor Thom. Following Jayavarman’s death, it was modified and augmented by later Hindu and Theravada Buddhist kings in accordance with their own religious preferences (wikipedia source).
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Some more apsara dancers.

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The innards of Bayon.

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Up to the top.

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One of the many stone faces.

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It’s quite hard to find the right perspective here (especially without sunlight).

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I keep turning around and it looks the same haha.

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Closer look from outside.

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“The Bayon”.

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Different point of view.


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Gate of the Dead. This door is parallel to the “Victory Gate”.

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Victoria Gate again.

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Closer look.


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Phnom Bakheng (Khmer: ប្រាសាទភ្នំបាខែង) at Angkor, Cambodia, is a Hindu and Buddhist temple in the form of a temple mountain. Dedicated to Shiva, it was built at the end of the 9th century, during the reign of King Yasovarman(889-910). Located atop a hill, it is nowadays a popular tourist spot for sunset views of the much bigger temple Angkor Wat, which lies amid the jungle about 1.5 km to the southeast. The large number of visitors makes Phnom Bakheng one of the most threatened monuments of Angkor. Since 2004, World Monuments Fund has been working to conserve the temple in partnership with APSARA.

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This is the last temple of the day. I have enough.

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They are doing a big job on this one (eastern view).

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Western view.

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View from the top (towards east).

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Most of the visitors come here to see the sunset but I’m not sure we are going to see anything special today.

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Other view.

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This side hasn’t restored yet.


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Angkor Wat front entrance, last look.

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That’s it for today.

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Angkor Wat is a huge place to visit. I still have a day to go but I’m not sure I will use it. See ya!

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