The Bayon and Ta Prohm,
Other Temples at Angkor
As Cambodia became more Buddhist and less Hindu,
later Khmer Empire rulers solved this problem at Angkor
by constructing the Bayon, the second best known temple
here, featuring over 200 smiling faces of Buddha.
The Bayon may not be in great condition compared to
Angkor Wat, but Buddha smiles through it all over
many centuries. The real problem was decline of the
Khmer Empire, leading to the conquest and sacking of
Ankor by Thailand in the 14th and 15th centuries.
With the capital moved to Pnnom Penh, Angkor was
abandoned and the jungle took over.
The Temples of Angkor were re-discovered by the French in
the middle of the 19th century, locked in the jungle's embrace.
While clearing away the jungle was the first step taken for
restoring most Angkor temples, there was one exception:
Ta Prohm. It remains an example of the jungle's ability to
latch onto these structures with massive tree roots as shown
above. Ta Prohm is a unique world of its own at Angkor.
Tourists now flock to Ta Prohm for a vision of nature's
power to reclaim territory from human emperors. Together
with Angkor War and the Bayon, Ta Prohm forms the most
popular trio of temples at the entire Angkor complex.
In comparison many of the other Angkor temples
look far too normal, and suffer from a lack of
tourist attention. Still a massive restoration
project continues at Angkor for temples that have
been neglected or suffered harm.
Less famous Angkor temples have their own stories to tell,
such as in these carvings of women. As Cambodia's largest
tourist attraction, direct flights to Angkor have been
increased, and new records for visitors are set every year.
If you have a high speed internet connection, watch the
Intrepid Berkeley Explorer's free video of this trip by clicking
on: Ho Asked Me to Go