Today in Siem Reap, Cambodia, our group traveled to Angkor Wat. Translated literally, Angkor Wat means “City of Temples.” Originally it was built as a Hindu temple, but when a new king took over in the late 13th century, it was changed to a Buddhist one.
This entire temple complex consisted up multiple temples and even a city with about one million people. All that is left is ruins, but they are beautifully preserved. The building project was so well put together that the temples have remained for hundreds of years and we could still see a lot of detail on the decorative walls.
The first temple we visited was Angkor Wat, The views were amazing and the detail was astounding! There were ornate carvings for borders of doors and windows, and every wall was covered with battle scenes depicting religious history such as Vishnu, monkeys and demons. We also got to visit two other temple areas. Angkor Thom had over 150 giant smiling faces for towers and Ta Prohm had giant trees covering the ruins, and was also where the movie, Tomb Raiders was filmed.
Overall, the entire experience was very impressive. It was amazing how they pulled off creating such elaborate structures with more “primitive” methods. Everything was so beautiful!
Submitted by Deidre Derksen