Phumĭ Ângkôr Krau

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  • Day41

    Day 41 - Angkor Part 2

    March 20, 2017 in Cambodia

    A slightly less early start today (7.30am) for Angkor complex part 2. Today, just in the morning, we saw 7 temples. They were mostly smaller than the big draws yesterday and I can't really remember the names of any of them. But I can remember some of the odd things that happened across the morning.

    The first temple we went to was cross shaped with rooms the width of the 'arm' all the way to the centre. The doorways between each room got smaller and smaller as you got closer to the middle. In the middle we met a man in a police man's uniform - I have no idea if he was a genuine policeman - who took it upon himself to give us a guided tour including going and visiting in one room a very old person (I thought man, Matt thought woman) sitting in front of incense and a carving of a Buddhist queen. He/she took our arms and chanted something I can only assume was a blessing before blowing on our foreheads (?!). We learnt a lot of interesting things from the policeman guide who at the end asked for a $5 tip and wasn't too impressed that we only gave him $3 but there was no way he was 'I have no change-ing' and taking our $10 for a tour we didn't request.

    Next was a temple you got to over a long wooden bridge. On the way to the temple we saw a child's flip flops on the side of the bridge but no child was to be seen. Odd and a little concerning. The temple was apparently the hospital temple as the king would go there to drink holy water which cures everything. You couldn't go in this one as it was surround by the holy water so we didn't stay long but on the way back we worked out what happened to the owner of the flip flops. He must have been under the bridge catching fish as he was back up with a little fish squirming in his hands.

    The next few temples were quite similar to ones we'd either seen or to each other (except with a couple of geocaches). One had some nice elephant statues that I liked and a girl getting a friend to take photos of her doing yoga poses at the top. At another we were admiring a chicken and her chicks when the chicken bolted, a rooster started squawking and the chicks all huddled under a root. A local guide explained to his tour group (with us eavesdropping) that the chicken had seen a bird swoop which would have tried to take a chick so she'd gone on the attack. It was like something from Planet Earth, though I'm not sure Attenborough has ever done much on chickens.

    I think it was after bonus temple 3 that we got back to Mr Smarty and his bike wouldn't start. Queue a flock of other tuk tuk drivers flocking and pointing at different bits of the bike until one guy who must have some tuk tuk ring authors came by and pointed at the other side of the bike and suddenly the problem was fixed. It broke down again after stop 4 but was quickly fixed and we were ok from there. We asked Mr Smarty what was wrong and he just said the bike was old so maybe it's a common occurrence.

    On our way out of the final temple we pulled over to look at the wild monkeys which sit on the edge of the roads hoping tourists will feed them. Mr Smarty gave one of them a bottle of water which it proceeded to down - so funny. What was less funny in the moment was that I then felt something on my back and another monkey had grabbed my bag strap and t-shirt. Once it had got off and I hadn't been bitten or given rabies I could see the funny side as it sat behind me in the tuk tuk with Mr S playing with it. Well until I think it nibbled him and it was time to go. It clung on briefly as we drove away before getting off to join his friends.

    We got back about lunch time again and went to Pub Street for lunch. I found a dish which ticked all my favourite ingredients - chicken, mash potato, pesto and cheese. We had a quick 50cents beer before coming back for more pool time. The most amusing part of pool time was either a grown man diving in and soaking two women without caring one bit or the bar man trying to fix the jacuzzi bubbles on the pool edge and somehow just making water spray up in the air from random places on the edge.

    After the Western lunch we were back to Cambodian for dinner. More Lok Lek and Amok. Then a Cambodian cocktail class at a really cool bar which is the only old wooden house left in the city centre. It was just us in the class with our teacher Sombo (or Sombu, we can't agree which was right). We made a ginger mojito, a tamarind sauce and for our third I made 'The Lanes' which featured peppercorns (surprisingly nice) and Matt made a sweet Green Lemongrass. Sombo/u made us read all the ingredients out loud in the Khmer language which was very difficult but hilarious. She kept pitting us against each other, but I'm not sure there were any winners. The class was excellent and another skill to bring back.

    Final cookery class tomorrow!
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  • Day3

    Preah Khan temple

    January 27, 2017 in Cambodia

    Preah Khan ("Royal Sword") is a buddhist temple built in the 12th century for King Jayavarman VII to honor his father. It is located northeast of Angkor Thom and just west of the Jayatataka baray, with which it was associated. It was the centre of a substantial organisation, with almost 100,000 officials and servants. The temple is flat in design, with a basic plan of successive rectangular galleries around a Buddhist sanctuary complicated by Hindu satellite temples and numerous later additions. Like the nearby Ta Prohm, Preah Khan has been left largely unrestored, with numerous trees and other vegetation growing among the ruins.

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  • Day105

    Angkor Thom

    December 10, 2016 in Cambodia

    Unser nächster Stop war Angkor Tom, hier gab es früher eine Stadt und viele viele weitere kleine und große Tempel. Wir machten uns zu Fuß auf den Weg und haben besichtigt Bayon, Elephant Terrace, Lepra King Terrace, Phimeanakas und Baphuon. Jeder war anders gebaut und verziert. Die Tempel hier wirken aber auf mich nochmal imposanter, wie die die ich bisher gesehen habe. Ich hätte gerne miterlebt, wie sie früher belebt wurden, da sich viele Statuen, Gewölbe, Räume oder Wandmalereien nur noch erahnen lassen.Read more

  • Day180

    Banteay Srey

    February 28, 2017 in Cambodia

    Zurück zu den dreisten Kindern, die besser in der Schule sein sollten, und unserem Tuk Tuk. Es geht zum Banteay Srey - "Tempel der Frauen". Hier stellen wir das erste Mal fest, dass unser Fahrer sehr gut informiert ist. Dieser Tempel wurde privat finanziert und ist daher sehr viel kleiner als die anderen. Er ist nur eingeschossig und hat einen kleineren Grundriss. Eigentlich hat er auch einen ganz anderen Namen, in dem Shiva eine bedeutende Rolle einnimmt, aber aufgrund der hervorragend erhaltenen verschiedenfarbigen Steinmetzarbeiten (Apsara-Tänzerinnen) erhielt er später seinen heutigen Namen: "Tempel der Frauen".
    Die vielen gut erhaltenen Fresken sind wirklich sehr schön und beeindruckend, das muss ein Haufen Arbeit gewesen sein. Wir sehen viel Symbolik aus dem Hinduismus, auf deren Erklärung ich jetzt keine Lust habe.

    Für alle, die mehr sehen wollen:!AiUv8teodO-roHELdVhEJF-2TpEA
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  • Day180

    Angkor Thom

    February 28, 2017 in Cambodia

    Weiter geht's nach Angkor Thom, der "großen Stadt". Sowohl der Wassergraben als auch die Stadtmauern existieren noch. Wir überqueren die Brücke und fahren durch das Nordtor. Alle Tore sind reich geschmückt mit Dämonen und Gottheiten und Elefanten. Jede Mauer hat ein Tor, nur im Osten gibt es zwei; ein Siegestor und eines, das nur zu rituellen Beerdigungen genutzt wurde. Bevor wir die Tempel der Stadt bewundern, nehmen wir den Lunch. Mein khmerisches Äquivalent zu unserem Gulasch enthält ebenfalls viele Zwiebeln und schmeckt sehr gut.Read more

  • Day180


    February 28, 2017 in Cambodia

    Dann geht es weiter zum Baphuon-Tempel. Die Brücke über den Graben ist noch weitgehend erhalten, also nutze ich sie und werde prompt von meiner Familie entdeckt. Zusammen steigen wir die sehr steilen Treppen bis ganz nach oben und bewundern den Dschungel. Dann eilen wir durch die Elefantenterassen, vorbei an den sehr gut erhaltenen und zahlreichen Fresken. Wir müssen uns ranhalten, damit wir Angkor Wat noch schaffen, bevor es geschlossen wird.Read more

  • Day34


    October 24, 2015 in Cambodia

    Zum Mittag gibt es Hähnchen-Curry mit Reis. Sehr lecker!😋

    Das Klima ist die Hölle! Das ist noch eine leichte Steigerung zu Iguazu. Alles klebt. Das ist eichtiges Dschungel-Klima😱

    Das Land ist schon ziemlich arm, aber ich finde es weniger dreckig als China. Die Menschen sind auch viel freundlicher.

    TukTuk fahren ist total witzig!

    Mit Laptop im TukTuk😂
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  • Day12


    December 15, 2012 in Cambodia

    Die nächste Station sollte eigentlich der Baphuon sein, ein hinduistischer Tempel, der im 11. Jhdt. unter König Udayadityavarman II. entstand , aus der Zeit weit vor Angkor Thom.

    Hier und jetzt aber fordern die Hitze und die extrem hohe Luftfeuchtigkeit ihren Tribut und wir begnügen uns damit, den prächtigen Baphuon aus der Ferne anzusehen. Und während wir uns im Schatten ausruhen, schauen wir einem Fischer bei der Arbeit zu.Read more

  • Day12

    Terrasse der Elefanten

    December 15, 2012 in Cambodia

    Vom Baphuon aus folgen wir der ca. 300 Meter langen Terrasse der Elefanten. Von König Jayavarman VII. zu Beginn des 13. Jhdts. gebaut diente sie zur Abnahme von Militärparaden.

    Lebensgroße Elefantenreliefs zieren die Wand der gesamten Terrasse zum Großen Platz hin.

    Drei Haupt- und zwei Nebenplattformen bilden die Terrasse der Elefanten. Neben den allgegenwärtigen Elefanten zieren Tiger, Schlangenwesen und Garuda, der adlerartige Reitvogel Vishnus den Stein. Obwohl das Khmer-Reich zu dieser Zeit buddhistisch war, wurden doch hinduistische Gottheiten weiterhin verehrt.Read more

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Phumĭ Ângkôr Krau, Phumi Angkor Krau

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