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.
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.
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.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.