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April 27, 2012

Photo of the Week: A Different Look at Angkor Wat

The beautiful and imposing Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

From the first time that I saw a picture of Angkor Wat in Siem Reap, Cambodia, I knew that I wanted to see it in person. To me, it is one of the most beautifully odd buildings ever built.

Over the last week, I’ve had the opportunity to see not just Angkor Wat, but many other temples throughout the countryside of Siem Reap. And, while many of them were beautiful temples that left me awe-struck, there was something about Angkor Wat that made it the the best of the best. Sure, it may have been a bit smaller than I was expecting, but it was still phenominal to lay my own eyes on one of the greatest structures ever built.

The photo above was taken from one of the two libraries that flank the center towers of the Angkor Wat. Sitting inside of the temple’s walls, the libraries are in a state of disrepair on the inside and are generally just photographed from the outside. However, if you have a chance, walk through the courtyard and check out the buildings from closer. You’ll be rewarded with beautiful carvings and a unique view of Angkor Wat.

In this photo, you can see two of the five remaining towers on the temple, along with a pair of apsara dancing girls in the bottom left-hand corner.

If you ever get a chance, I highly recommend a visit to Cambodia and Angkor Wat.

One Comment

  1. I have had been to Angkor and fell in love with its grandest beauty. This photo reminds me just that. 🙂

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