Cambodia's Angkor Wat
The large array of about 100 temples at Angkor were built
during the glory days of Cambodian (Khmer) power, from
the 9th to the 15th centuries. The term "Angkor Wat" is
generally applied to the entire, incomparable Angkor site.
However, Angkor Wat itself, pictured above, is only the
largest, best known, and most spectacular temple.
Gloriously preserved, Angkor Wat is a true marvel.
The Angkor Wat towers change color at sunset, captured in
my video. This image of three towers is on the Cambodian
flag, a symbol of both the country and the monument.
Angkor Wat was originally constructed to honor the
Hindu god Vishnu at a time when the Hindu influence
predominated. Vishnu is still here, but wearing the
robes of a Buddhist monk and looking like Buddha.
It's fair to say that Angkor's religious affiliation has
evolved to match that of the Cambodian people.
The interior of Angkor Wat contains countless galleries of
carvings, and these are also Hindu in origin.
From inside the temple compound, here are two
Angkor Wat towers, which can partially be climbed.
Angkor Wat produces its best pictures at a distance.
Here is a reflection photo, making use of the moat.
For more of Angkor Wat, watch my video.
If you have a high speed internet connection, watch the
Intrepid Berkeley Explorer's free streaming video of this trip,
"Ho Asked Me to Go", by clicking on AdventurePics.com .