Wednesday, July 29, 2009

2 July – Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Angkor Wat is the most well preserved temple complex of Angkor. It was probably never abandoned, so the jungle never got the upper hand. Angkor Wat is the flagship of Angkor, and the tour buses are many. The complex is beautiful, but the many tourists and all the restoration efforts have resulted in a lack of soul. At least in our opinion. We actually preferred the ’wilder’ and less polished temples of the Angkor region.
Nevertheless, Angkor Wat is spectacular. The moat is almost 200 meters wide and 6 km long. The buildings are enormous and perfectly symmetrical. The sculptures and bas-reliefs are very well kept.
Angkor Wat was the last temple we visited during our journey. It was quite a Grand Finale!

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