Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat

Although the entire complex is referred to as Angkor Wat, the name actually belongs to the largest and best preserved temple. So Day 2 was reserved solely for Angkor Wat. In an effort to avoid the crowds I once again went backwards, but I was less successful this time.
Back entrace

Back entrace

Angkor Wat is a temple Hindu dedicated to the god Vishnu, whose construction was begun at the beginning of the XIIth century during the administration of King Suryavarman II. Its construction lasted 37 years. His name means in Khmer ” the city pagoda “. The main tower of the central temple represents the mountain ” Meru ” (or Kailash), the center of the universe for the Hindus (but also the Buddhists). The temple is supposed to be invulnerable and during the war which began in 1970, the inhabitants of Sieam Reap took refuge inside the temple.

Cute puppy at the restroom facilities

Cute puppy at the restroom facilities

Detailed carvings inside the temple

Detailed carvings inside the temple

Lucky?

Lucky?

The breasts on most of the female carvings were worn smooth and I overheard a guide say that people rub them for luck. Don’t try this at home kids.

Odd stone inset in the walkway

Odd stone inset in the walkway

I spent about three hours at Angkor Wat, even though I’m on R & R I’m still responsible for the weekly report so I planned to spend the afternoon doing that. On my way out over the walkway that spans the lake all the stones were square except for this pair of feet that had been left behind.

Handmade prosthetics.

Handmade prosthetics.

After Angkor Wat I visited Handicapped International’s Center in Siem Reap and took a tour. They provide prosthetetics, wheelchairs and physical rehabilitation to people with disabilities. The facility even has a dormatory where people can stay while they receive treatment and childcare for women.

Finally I did one of the most interesting things I have ever done as a tourist. Everyday on my way to Angkor I passed signs saying that there had been an outbreak of Dengue fever and they desperately needed blood donors. So on the way back to the hotel, my driver Hung stopped and I donated blood. The hospital had a sick smell to it not like the hospitals in the U.S. that are very sterile, but for the most part it was clean and the staff was very professional and it felt good to do.

The plea for blood donations.

The plea for blood donations.

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One Response to Angkor Wat

  1. Martine C says:

    You are a special tourist: fly abroad to give your blood; you are citizen of the world !!!
    Congratulations !

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