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Phumĭ Koŭk Dong (2)

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  • Day132

    Angkor Thom

    July 25 in Cambodia

    Im Zentrum der Stadt Angkor Thom besichtigen wir im Anschluss an Angkor Wat den Tempel „Bayon“, welcher uns mit seinen hunderten in Stein gemeisselten Gesichtern ganz besonders gut gefällt. 🗿 Dieser wie auch der Ta Phrom Tempel erlangten dank „Lara Croft: Tomb Raider“ weltweite Bekanntheit. Der Hype um diesen Film verhalf damals wieder mehr Touristen ins kambodschanische Land zu locken, welches zuvor jahrelang unter dem Roten Khmer Regime gelitten hatte und somit bei vielen Reisenden als Urlaubsdestination vom Radar verschwand.

    Bis zu dem Moment, als wir mit unserer Kamera im Zeitraffermodus auf den Tempel „Baphuon“ zu- und hochlaufen, hält sich das Wetter sogar noch ganz gut. Danach aber bricht der Himmel über uns zusammen und die ungeteerten Strassen stehen in wenigen Minuten unter Wasser. ☔️ Wir können uns noch ins Tuk Tuk retten, doch unser Fahrer tut uns leid, der nur mit Helm und Regencape geschützt durch die Regengüsse fahren muss. Doch zum Glück zeigt sich die Monsunzeit von ihrer gnädigen Seite und es regnet nie stundenlang durch, sondern schüttet immer nur kurz, aber dafür heftig.

    Das Wetter fing sich wieder (wir hatten die Schauer mit einem Mittagessen überbrückt) und wir bestaunten den Dschungel Tempel „Ta Phrom“. Er ist für seine mit Bäumen verwachsenen Tempelruinen (und ebenfalls durch den Film Tomb Raider) sehr bekannt. Die besonders dicken und langen Baumwurzeln auf den Tempelruinen, die die Bauten nach und nach aufreissen und verschlingen, verleihen diesem Ort etwas wildes und mystisches. Es ist faszinierend zu sehen, wie sich die Natur hier ihren Raum zurückerobert. 🌳
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  • Day21

    Angkor Archeological Park

    March 5 in Cambodia

    Samstag, Abfahrt vom Hostel in Phnom Penh - Richtung Siem Reap.
    Chris Kämpfte sich wieder Tapfer durch den Stadtverkehr - wird immer besser!

    Wie sich auf dem Weg herausstellte sind wir mal wieder zu spät losgekommen und so mussten wir in der Dämmerung nach einem Schlafplatz suchen.
    Wir landeten auf einem Acker an einer kleinen Straße, schlugen unser Nachtlager auf, aßen noch etwas fried nudels und legten uns bei 32°C im Bus schlafen.

    Die Nacht war schnell vorbei, um 6 Uhr in der Früh wurden wir von einer Klingenden Kuhherde geweckt... So ging es weiter nach Siem Reap. Wir schauten uns die Stadt an und wollten noch die Eintrittskarten für Angkor besorgen - mal wieder zu spät, der Schalter hatte bereits geschlossen & so beschlossen wir eine Nacht auf dem Parkplatz vor dem Ticketschalter zu verbringen (Ticket verkauf startet um 04:30 Uhr)

    Wir haben es gemeistert und standen früh auf, um noch Rechtzeitig zum Sonnenaufgang vor dem Angkor Wat Tempel zu stehen - leider aber auf der falschen Seite, dafür hatten wir die Rückseite für uns...

    Zum Angkor Park:
    Es ist ein Riesen Komplex aus Tempel anlagen - unglaublich sich vorzustellen wie viele Jahre es dauern musste dies zu erschaffen. Die Anlage ist so groß, dass wir zum teil 20-30min mit dem Auto fahren mussten (Ich glaube es geht sogar noch weiter...)
    Möchte hier auch einfach nur die Bilder sprechen lassen...

    Nach dem ersten Tag "Tempel Marathon" mussten wir auch schon die erste Reparatur an Kenny durchführen - es hatte sich mal wieder einer der Hebedämpfer fürs Hochdach verabschiedet - hoffe es hält nun wieder...

    Ps. Ganz Liebe Grüße an Opa Willi! Freut uns das du unsere Reise verfolgst :)
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  • Day28

    Bayon Temple

    September 17 in Cambodia

    Today was Temple day, we were picked up at 7.30am and headed out for a day of temple visits.

    The first stop was Angkor Thom (Big Angkor) which is a 3km2 walled and moated royal city and was the last capital of the Angkorian empire. After Jayavarman VII recaptured the Angkorian capital from the Cham invaders in 1181, he began a massive building campaign across the empire, constructing Angkor Thom as his new capital city.

    We spent about an hour walking and climbing stairs in, out and around the temple
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  • Day31

    Angkor Thom / Ta Prohm

    January 6, 2015 in Cambodia

    Reggel fel6tol 12-ig voltunk Angkorban es bejartuk tuktukkal illetve gyalog a "kiskört", ami a legszebb/nepszerubbeket tartalmazza. A "nagykörhöz" kellett volna meg egy nap, mert elegge elfaradtunk es a meleg is egyre terhesebb lett. Vegul fizettunk meg a soforunknek hogy tuktukkal jarjuk vegig a nagykort, de mar nem szalltunk le. Igy is nagyon szep volt, utkozben lattuk kivulrol a nevezetessegeket, talalkoztunk majmokkal, kicsit atelhettuk a kambodzsai videki feelinget es meg legkondi is volt :)Read more

  • Day3

    Bayon temple in Angkor Thom

    January 27, 2017 in Cambodia

    Our last temple for the day, we are pretty temples out now. So glad we made the decision to only do one day of temple hopping, a second day would have killed me.

    The Bayon is a well-known and richly decorated Khmer temple at Angkor. Built in the late 12th or early 13th century as the official state temple of the Mahayana Buddhist King Jayavarman VII, the Bayon stands at the centre of Jayavarman's capital, Angkor Thom. Following Jayavarman's death, it was modified and augmented by later Hindu and Theravada Buddhist kings in accordance with their own religious preferences.

    The Bayon's most distinctive feature is the multitude of serene and smiling stone faces on the many towers which jut out from the upper terrace and cluster around its central peak.

    {Roedolf}
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  • Day153

    Bayon Temple and the Emperor's palace

    January 29, 2015 in Cambodia

    One of my favorite structure in Ankor Wat is the Bayon temple that is largely un-restored and filled with large smiling sculptures of gods. The Emperor's palace is also largly un-restored and overgrown with trees. It is intersting to compare these two places with Ankor Wat.

  • Day151

    Siem Reap

    September 17, 2015 in Cambodia

    The biggest tourist attraction in Cambodia is the ancient city of the Khmer Empire, Angkor. Situated 4 miles north of Siem Reap (which has been established as a hub to serve this archaeological wonder) the site extends as far as 400km sq and consists of multiple temples and structures within what was at one time a working city of approximately 1 million people. To fully explore it would require weeks but with only one day we took a tour to two of its prominent temples, Angkor Wat and the Bayon.

    Although we had planned to arrive very early to watch the sunrise above the iconic towers of Angkor Wat, our luck with the weather finally ran out as heavy cloud and rain obscured any chance of success. Therefore we arrived later, by which time herds of tourists were funnelling their way toward the temple.

    The sheer scale of Angkor Wat alone was incredible to take in. The gigantic moat surrounding it, was hand-dug by tens of thousands of Thai slaves whilst the huge stones making up the structure were hauled into place using bamboo scaffolding and teams of elephants. Unsurprisingly many lives were lost under the unswaying drive of the Khmer god-king to complete such a construction.

    The sullen clouds and slicing rain did their best to dampen our mood and the grandeur of the temple, yet it was still possible to appreciate its beauty. Walking through the shadows of the long cool corridors, where light slipped through the finely carved sandstone bars of the windows, we learnt how the multiple edges, corners and towers of the temple were meticulously planned from the very start of the construction to represent important ritual aspects of the Hindu and later Buddhist religions that the Khmer followed over the centuries in which they ruled. The interior and exterior walls were etched and carved with the figures of dancing gods and stories and messages we could not begin to comprehend, all with an almost super-human accuracy and consistency. Our tour guide explained that the artisan craftsmanship came from both experience as well as belief that mistakes would bring bad karma (and the likely punishment from Khmer overseers). At the Bayon, the intricate masonry continued with bas-reliefs and multiple towers, leaving us to wonder how more visually stunning it must have been at the time of its completion. Freshly carved and free from centuries of decay and encroachment. We gained but a mere glimpse of the mighty Angkor but this was still impressive enough.
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  • Day67

    Angkor What?

    November 18, 2016 in Cambodia

    Disclaimer - as I write this, I am still recovering from the ongoing effects of heat stroke, so if this makes no sense, or, I am not my usual self - you'll understand. More on heat stroke in a later post.

    So, our day started after a bit of lie in to recover from the partying we did the night before and by partying, I mean drinking towers of cocktails. When most people head to Angkor around 5am to view the sunrise, we had a casual late breakfast, took our bikes and went to buy our tickets at 10am. Normally there are mass queues but it seems we were late enough to miss it all. Sometimes it pays to be lazy. After purchasing our day ticket for $20USD each, it was time to get going.

    We decided on cycling the Grand Tour backwards (i.e. leaving Angkor Wat until last) and spent our day going from temple to temple, enjoying the sights, the trees and the cycling all the while becoming increasingly dehydrated due to the heat and lack of breeze. We made several stops to consume full strength soft drinks (so not me I know) just to get some sugar into our bodies as eating was not an option as it was too hot. The temples were just beautiful with each vastly different to one another (see photos). Jamie and I tried to work out a). Where did all the stone come from to make the temples and b). What drew them to this area in the first place. The plan was to educate ourselves on this later on by a visit to the Angkor Museum but.... more on that later.

    We dodged downpours of rain in the late afternoon whilst walking around Angkor Thom and Angkor Wat and by the time we came to leave Angkor Wat (our last stop) it was torrential and we still had to cycle 13km in the twilight which was quickly turning to darkness with no street lights, no bike lights or reflective clothing. It was probably one of the scary/fun rides of my life, with the sound of the rain pelting down drowing out my giggles and pleas to the tuk tuk gods for one not to hit us.

    We arrived back at our semi fancy hotel, drenched, and had to do what felt like a walk of shame back to our room. We tried to walk on our tip toes to reduce the sound of our shoes squelching across the floor while Chinese tourists stared at us like we had just shot a Panda (#tropicthunder).

    After we had dried off, we went into town for a quick dinner for a debrief of the sights we had seen that day, unaware of the pain and sickness that was already making itself known within my poor body.
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  • Day180

    Bayon

    February 28, 2017 in Cambodia

    Als wir dann den Bayon besuchen wollen, fordert mein Bauch seinen Tribut und unser Fahrer bringt mich schnell zur Toilette zurück.
    Nachdem der Bauch beruhigt ist, besichtige ich den Bayon im Schnelldurchlauf. Er ist durch 49 Türme mit jeweils 4 Gesichtern - in jede Himmelsrichtung schauend - reich geschmückt und sehr verwinkelt. Viele Touris.

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