Friday, March 12, 2010

Angkor: Day One!

Let me entertain you!

I'm finally starting to post about the honeymoon--it's only been a month since we departed Korea for Siem Reap, Cambodia. Siem Reap is best known for being the city nearest the Angkor Wat archaeological park. We spent three days exploring the temples and surrounding areas. On the first full day, our tuktuk (a passenger trailer pulled behind a motorcycle--perfect for transporting two people) driver, Tee, took us to Angkor Thom and then around to some surrounding temples on what's called the "Little Circuit."

The main temple at Angkor Thom, Bayon, is distinguished by the 51 towers, each featuring four large faces, said to resemble the great Angkor king Jayavarman under whose reign most of the structures of Angkor Thom were built. You can't go anywhere in this area without the king looking at you. Creepy.

Min Gi imitating one of the many Hindu art reliefs.

The terrace of the elephants at Angkor Thom.

The small children selling souvenir trinkets all around the temple sites are persistent, heartbreaking, and clever. Both Min Gi and I had a hard time saying "no" as often as we needed to. This young lady had an especially snazzy selling technique--speaking to me in both English and Korean--so I bought a bracelet for Min Gi from her.

Memorably frightening and quite a hefty workout, all of the temples had steep stone stairs, seemingly more suitable for monkeys than people. This temple had some of the steepest. Struck by lightning and therefore abandoned by the superstitious builders who believed it was unlucky, Min Gi in his flip-flops chickened out halfway. I took this picture of him from the top. Ha!

At the temple where Tomb Raider was filmed.

To see all of our pictures from the first day at Angkor, check out the photo album:

Angkor Thom and "Little Circuit" Temples



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