28.11.15

Asia Trip 2015, CAMBODIA: Temple Tours

I am so sorry if I am taking this long to blog about my Asia trip last August. Been so busy with work I barely have time to open my laptop. Huhu. But! I shall try to finish everything this weekend! Weh? Haha. I shall make time promiiiise. 

Anyway! Sharing with you photos, stories and some travel tips during our 3rd day in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Spent the whole day exploring temples. This post is photo heavy (with stories in between), so don't get tired scrolling! Let's go!:)


 Plains & Prints top & shorts coordinates, ShawlScarfStation scarf, H&M hat, Primadonna backpack & sandals

 



 Love my Plains & Prints coords and super trusty Primadonna sandals which I wore with everything!


Photos from our tour!
 Fuel! Our super healthy breakfast di ako sanay. Haha. :)

 Secrets Pavilion dining area


Our tuktuk driver was on time! He was super nice too. Professional kahit he was sick that day.



We had to stop here to get our Angkor Day Pass! No pass, no entry, no tour. 


 They also have 3-day or 7-day passes

 One day pass is $20

 Unesco World Heritage Site:) My dream prenup destination! Hehe


 Dami nila oh


Kuya and his map. We availed the big tour which consists of more temples but mostly the smaller ones + Angkor Wat. Kuya was kind enough to include Bayon (my favorite) kahit dapat wala sha sa list. Thanks Kuya!


Here's the map! The small tour includes Angkor, Bayon, Ta Prohm, Bantay Srei, etc. Less temples but mostly the big and major ones. 

 Angkor's Moat:)

 Nico making chika the guard hehe

 Sneaky moves! Nakisabay kami sa group na to coz they have an English guide. Hihi! 

 Back in Angkor! Sandstone Causeway.


LOVEEEE


Angkor is the earthly representation of Mt. Meru, the Mt. Olympus of the Hindu faith and the abode of ancient gods. The ‘temple that is a city’, Angkor Wat is the perfect fusion of creative ambition and spiritual devotion. The Cambodian god-kings of old each strove to better their ancestors’ structures in size, scale and symmetry, culminating in what is believed to be the world’s largest religious building, the mother of all temples, Angkor Wat. 


Let's go inside! Ready na sha.


Inside Out


 OOTD ni Nico! Lol. He's wearing PEOPLE Footwear:) Inggit ako. So comfy and lightweight. 

 Angkor is so big! May second entrance pa. So be sure to bring water! It's also scorching hot.

 Under construction:( Last time I was there ganyan na sha. Hehe.


 Main entrance

 I can just sit here all day

Angkor Wat Mahabrata inner wall carvings! WOOOW

 Loook. So intricate and detailed. 


 One of the thousand apsaras (heavenly nymphs) inside the temple

 if only these walls could talk


 Inside the main temple. Love this empty bathing pool!


This way to the open grounds!


 blog niya talaga to eh




 Angkor's most sacred level & the temple's summit called BAKAN, is now open!

 I wasn't able to go because I was wearing shorts :( Should have used my scarf! Slipped my mind so I just waited for Nico. Huhu.


 Here are Nico's photos from the highest point inside Angkor Wat:)






 Where's Paxie?! Haha.

Discovered more beautiful spots on our way out...
 Emo hits

 This is after all Cambodia's biggest temple:)

 Attention to details. I'm obssessed.






 The famous Angkor Wat pond :)

After almost 2 hours of exploring Angkor (it's never enough), we then headed to one of my favorite temple, BAYON!
 Itim na namin shet

 So much beauty in one place. 


 Stopped for a while to take photos of these monkeys. One of them climbed inside our tuk-tuk! Kulit lang.

Elephants with benches at their backs make me sad.

 Finally!

The Bayon was built in the late 12th or early 13th century as the official state temple of the Mahayana Buddhist King Jayavarman VII. It stands at the centre of Jayavarman's capital, Angkor Thom. Angkor Thom was built as a square, the sides of which run exactly north to south and east to west. Standing in the exact center of the walled city, Bayon Temple represents the intersection of heaven and earth. According to scholars, King Jayavarman VII bears a strong resemblance to the face towers of the Bayon. Bayon Temple is surrounded by two long walls bearing an extraordinary collection of bas-relief scenes of legendary and historical events.



 We meet again, Bayon:)



 Stairs going to the main deck




  The Monalisas of Southeast Asia



 Makes one imagine how they made all these carved faces. Who are these faces? Me? You? Tayou? Haha.


 Expectation

 Reality. Achieve naman. Pwede na.

 Bye, Bayon!

 Terrace of the Elephants



3rd Stop: PREAH KHAN
 I may have also fallen in love with Preah Khan. Unlike the other temples, this one's shaded, serene, and holds as much history as the others. Tourists don't frequent this place, so it gives its few visitors the opportunity to appreciate it more. :) 

The Preah Khan temple complex serves today as an outstanding example of a large linear temple complex in a dense jungle setting. Dedicated by the great king Jayavarman VII to his father in 1191, Preah Khan also served as a monastery and center for learning, and once the heart of a city of nearly 100,000. Rectangular in shape and occupying 138 acres, Preah Khan’s boundaries are defined by a protective moat and fortified walls adorned by monumental carved stone garudas—eagle-like divine beings. The temple complex includes entryways, towers, ceremonial spaces, courtyards, shrines, and a variety of connecting corridors. Additional special features of Preah Khan include its two-story pavilion, the once-bronze-plated sanctum sanctorum, and its Hall of Dancers. (help preserve this temple, click here: https://www.wmf.org/project/preah-khan-temple)

 Moat:)

 Main entrance


 Entrance to the temple










 
Exit:)

4th Stop: LUNCH!  

 Coconut shake. YUM.

 Low energy na sa init

 Forgot the name of the resto but it's across Neak Pean temple

 For sharing their meals! YUM

 Free dessert

5th Stop: NEAK PEAN Temple
 I love how different each temples are! Lalo na sa entrance haha.

 Probinsya vibes

 Long walk going inside


Neak Pean (the coiled serpents) is an artificial island with a Buddhist temple on a circular island in Preah Khan Baray built during the reign of King Jayavarman VII. Some historians believe that Neak Pean represents Anavatapta, a mythical lake in the Himalayas whose waters are thought to cure all illness. The name is derived from the sculptures of snakes (neak) running around the base of the temple structure.

Neak Pean was originally designed for medical purposes (the ancients believed that going into these pools would balance the elements in the bather, thus curing disease); it is one of the many hospitals that Jayavarman VII built. It is based on the ancient Hindu belief of balance. Four connected pools represent Water, Earth, Fire and Wind. 



6th Stop: Ta Som

The Khmer temple of Ta Som was built at the end of the twelfth century during the reign of the powerful Buddhist King Jayavarman VII and was  likely dedicated to his father, King Dharanindravarman II


The temple consists of a single shrine located on one level and surrounded by enclosure laterite walls. Like the nearby Preah Khan and Ta Prohm the temple was left largely unrestored, with numerous trees and other vegetation growing among the ruins.





 Brownout!





7th Stop: EAST MEBON 

The East Mebon is a 10th Century temple built during the reign of King Rajendravarman. The East Mebon was dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva and honors the parents of the king. The sculpture at the East Mebon includes two-meter-high free-standing stone elephants at corners of the first and second tiers. Religious scenes include the god Indra atop his three-headed elephant Airavata, and Shiva on his mount, the sacred bull Nandi

Visitors looking out from the upper level today are left to imagine the vast expanses of water that formerly surrounded the temple. Four landing stages at the base give reminder that the temple was once reached by boat. 






 Imagine all the PEOPLE.


8th Stop: PRE RUP Temple
 CR muna!

 There are restroom like this near temples:)


Pre Rup is Angkor's most popular spot for sunset. The temple consists of a pyramid-shaped temple-mountain with the uppermost of the three tiers carrying five lotus towers. Pre Rup means ‘Turning the Body’ and refers to a traditional method of cremation in which a corpse’s outline is traced in the cinders: this suggests that the temple may have served as an early royal crematorium.

 The temple gets crowded during sunset





 Steep stairs that are not for the faint of heart

 
 Ganyan kalaki yung steps haha







 Mejo nawala kami sa exit na to


 Bye, Pre Rup!

Pre Rup was the last temple sa tour and we got there at around 3pm. Didn't want to wait 2 more hours for sunset in almost 32 degrees celsius weather so we opted to go home na and rest. 

Thank you Kuya for being a gracious and kind driver! Til next time!

I think I was not able to mention that Kuya also supplied us with free water (parang bottomles yung cooler nia haha) c/o our hotel! It was such a big help! We were able to save money and it also saved us from dehydration & heat exhaustion. Yey!:) Thank you Kuya and Secrets Pavilion for arranging this tour. We paid Kuya $20 total. So $20 + $40 (2 pax Angkor pass) + $10 lunch = $70 total! Not bad at all. 

Last Cambodia post coming up and then Thailand na!:) 


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