Angkor: Wander with mystical Khmer spirits

Ancient temples hidden in the jungle.
Destroyed and protected at the same time by the jungle.
Preserved by the jungle.

One civilization. One enigma.
Many temples. Many puzzles.
One great secret.

Hinduism and Buddhism.
The presence of Shiva, Vishnu and Buddha.

The unity of Buddhist and Hindu sanctuaries and temples.

History of two religions cherished by one civilization.
History of two religions kept in the ancient walls, in the mythological and historical statues and reliefs.

History of one civilization kept in the stone.

Wander among heavenly nymphs Apsaras and mythical serpents Nagas.
Among Khmer garudas, devas and asuras.
Strolling around the promenades and the avenues, the palm trees, the pools, the libraries and the galleries, the towers, the corridors and the courtyards.

Drifting around the staring faces of Bayon and the naga-bridges of Angkor Thom.
Around hundreds of years old tree-roots of Ta Prohm.
Admiring the mystery of Preah Khan and the magnificence of Angkor Wat.

Wander in the earthly miniature of the Universe.
Getting around spiritual and creative expression of one civilization.
Going by mind and spirit back to the age of the creation of the Universe.

Watching and admiring the temples proudly defying time and nature.
With dignity telling the story of one civilization.
Showing the victory of one culture over time and nature.

Wander with mystical Khmer spirits.


Word Directory:

Apsara, a divine nymph in Hindu mythology
Naga, a multi-headed mythical serpent in Hindu mythology
Garuda, a bird transporting the god Vishnu in Hindu mythology
Devas, benevolent gods in later Vedic texts
Asuras, malevolent gods or demons in later Vedic texts



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Bayon, Angkor, Cambodia Bayon, the central temple of the ancient city of Angkor Thom. Built in the late 12th or early 13th century. The best known for the gigantic face towers sculptures

Bayon, Angkor
A gigantic face tower sculpture of Bayon in Angkor Thom
Bayon, Angkor Thom
Serenely smiling face of Bayon in Angkor Thom (literally meaning “Great City”)
Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Angkor Wat (meaning “City Temple”) is a temple complex built in 12th century as the capital of the Khmer Empire. It is the largest religious monument in the world.
Blessings in Angkor Wat
A wanderer 🙂 getting blessings from Buddhist monks in Angkor Wat
Angkor Wat
Angkor Wat is a UNESCO Heritage site
Angkor Wat
A wanderer in Angkor Wat 🙂
Preah Khan, Cambodia
Preah Khan (meaning “Royal Sword”) is both a Buddhist and Hindu temple

Bayon

Presat Kravan, Angkor
Presat Kravan (“Cardamom Sanctuary”), built in 10th century and dedicated to the Hindu deities Vishnu and Lakshmi. It is architecturally an unusual temple made of five brick towers in a row on one terrace

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Dance of Apsaras on the Angkor Wat wall
Dance of Apsaras on a wall of Angkor Wat
Bayon in Angkor
A door in Bayon temple
Angkor Thom
Jungle of Angkor Thom

Angkor surrounding

Ta Prohm
Ta Prohm, a Buddhist temple dedicated to the mother of the King Jayavarman VII. Ta Prohm is a place where you can feel like Indiana Jones explorer. 🙂
Ta Prohm, Cambodia
A wanderer in Ta Prohm temple or the Tomb Raider temple

 

Angkor complex sites:

Angkor Wat (meaning, “Temple City” or “City of Temples”) – the largest temple and religious monument in the world. Built in 12th century.

Phnom Bakheng ( Phnom means “Little Hill”) – a Buddhist and Hindu temple in the shape of a mountain dedicated to Shiva. Built in 9th century.

Baksei Chamkrong –  a Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva. Built in 10th century.

Angkor Thom (meaning, “Great City“) – founded in 12th century as  the Khmer capital by King Jayavarman VII

Bayon – a Buddhist temple in Angkor Thom built in 12 century as the official state temple

Bephuon – a Hindu temple built in 11th century and dedicated to Shiva. In 15th century was converted to a Buddhist temple

Phimeanakas – a Hindu temple in Angkor Thom. Built in 10th century.

Preah Palilay –  a Hindu and Buddhist temple in Angkor Thom. Built in 12 century.

Terrace of the Elephants  –  a large stand for public ceremonies in Angkor Thom

Terrace of the Leper King – built in 12th century withe the statue of the Leper King on the platform of the Terrace. Th statue represents the Hindu god of death, Yama.

Preah Pithu – a group of five temples built in 12th century

Neak Pean (meaning, “Entwined Serpents”) – an artificial island with a Buddhist temple

Ta Som (meaning, “Ancestor”) – a Buddhist temple built in 12th century dedicated to father of the King Jayavarman VII

East Mebon –  a Hindu temple built in 1oth century dedicated to Shiva

Pre Rup (meaning, “Turn the body”) – a Hindu temple built in 10th century

Thommanon (derived from “Dhamma” and “nanda”, meaning “The Supreme wisdom“) – a pair of Hindu temples

Chau Say Tevoda – a Hindu temple built in the Angkor Wat era

Ta Keo (or “Hamasringagri”, meaning “The mountain with golden peaks”) – a temple in a form of mountain, Mount Meru.

Ta Prohm (meaning “Old Man”, but originally the temple’s name is “Ravajahira”, meaning “Monastery of the King”) – a Buddhist temple built in 12th-13th centuries as a monastery and university

Banteay Kdei (meaning, “Citadel of Chambers” or “Citadel of Monks’ Cells“)

Srah Srang – a water reservoir

Presat Kravan (meaning, “Cardamom Sanctuary“) – a Hindu temple dedicated to Vishnu

Banteay Samre (meaning, “Citadel of Samre“)  – Samre were a ethnic group of Phnom Kulen mountain people

Banteay Srei (meaning, “Citadel of Women” or “Citadel of Beauty“) – a Hindu temple built in 10th century dedicated to Shiva

West Mebon  – a temple surrounded with a moat. In Hinduism the moat represents sea of creation.


 

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