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Cambodia, December 2016

Cambodia, December 2016

Angkor Thom (13°26′35.89″N 103°51′34.85″ECoordenadas: 13°26′35.89″N 103°51′34.85″E (mapa) ) fue la ciudad real intramuros fortificada construida por Jayavarman VII (1181 - c. 1220), rey del Imperio jemer, al final del siglo XII, luego que Angkor fuera conquistada y destruida por los Chams.

 

La ciudad real fue construida al lado del río Siam Reap, con un área de 9 km2 siguiendo la forma casi cuadrada de 3 km de lado, rodeada de un pozo y de un muro de 8 metros de alto. El palacio real actual fue construido durante el reino de Suryavarman I 150 años antes. Según la leyenda, el rey pasaba parte de cada noche con la reina Sol en el Palacio Celestial que forma parte de esta construcción.

 

Angkor Thom fue construido dentro de la cosmogonía hindú, dedicado al Dios Visnu, aunque más tarde se dedicaría al tardío budismo. En el centro de Angkor Thom está el Bayón, que fue el templo de Jayavarman VII. Es conocido por sus torres, con la cara de Buda por los cuatro lados; las paredes estaban cubiertas de relieves mostrando escenas de la vida del rey y del pueblo.

Siem Reap - Angkor - Bayon Temple

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The Bayon is a well-known and richly decorated Khmer temple at Angkor in Cambodia. Built in the late 12th or early 13th century as the official state temple of the Mahayana Buddhist King Jayavarman VII, the Bayon stands at the centre of Jayavarman's capital, Angkor Thom. Following Jayavarman's death, it was modified and augmented by later Hindu and Theravada Buddhist kings in accordance with their own religious preferences.

 

The Bayon's most distinctive feature is the multitude of serene and smiling stone faces on the many towers which jut out from the upper terrace and cluster around its central peak. The temple is known also for two impressive sets of base-reliefs, which present an unusual combination of mythological, historical and mundane scenes. The current main conservatory body, the Japanese Government Team for the Safeguarding of Angkor (the JSA) has described the temple as "the most striking expression of the baroque style" of Khmer architecture, as contrasted with the classical style of Angkor Wat.

Siem Reap - Ankor - Golden barque

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SiemReap - Lake Tonle Sap - Living on a houseboat

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Cambodia, Siem Reap, Angkor

A novice staring out through a door frame at Phnom Bakheng Temple in Cambodia. This temple is famous for people coming up to see the sunset with Angkor Wat in the background.

A monk sitting in one of the corridors of the Ta Prohm Temple in Cambodia.

House boat in river village - Cambodia

Battambang - Portrait girl

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A monk standing in one of the side corridors of Ta Phrom Temple, Cambodia.

Photo taken in a small rural village in Northwest Cambodia

Siem Reap - Lake Tonle Sap - Travel by boat

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Siem Reap - Portrait girl

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Shot at Angkor Wat, Cambodia. The two monks form a sharp of a Love. The older monks was telling the other monks that God will Bless everyone. Have love and the world will be peaceful.

A monk meditating in a window at Angkor Wat, Cambodia.

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