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Getting Intimate With The Angkor Temples! Pt. 3

Right after Angkor Wat (and getting somewhat hot, sweaty & increasingly tired), we hopped into our car (after being approached by small girls selling postcards and guides & buying one set of postcards) and were driven to Angkor Thom.

Angkor Thom & Bayon Temple

Angkor Thom is a larger complex with smaller structures like the Bayon Temple, Elephant Terrace, smaller shrines & other ruins. We arrived at the main entrance where we could see statues lining up on either side of a bridge that led up to a Gate (I forgot which Gate this was due to mental fatigue!).

At the bridge entrance of Angkor Thom At Angkor Thom’s bridge entrance guarded by statues

We made our way to Bayon Temple, a much, much smaller temple dedicated to the King and Buddhism. Before entering, we needed to show our pass. After a go ahead, we walked along the path on the 1st Level and saw some amazing stone carvings.

Arriving at the Bayon Temple The ruins of the Bayon Temple

Walking along the 1st Level Walking along the ruins on the 1st Level

Stone carvings of battle Stone carvings of daily living Intricate stone carvings of battle with the Champhas (above) & of daily living (below)

We walked up to the 2nd Level and it was a pretty narrow chamber. After resting a while (to hear more stories of Bayon by Mony), we walked up the very steep stone staircase, one which I nearly slipped,  to the 3rd Level area.

Steep staircase to the 3rd LevelPath leading to wooden staircase to the 2nd Level

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On the 3rd Level, Mony’s suggested we climbed up to the 4th Level structure to have our pictures taken at the window and doors. Walking around the 2nd Level, we saw the many faces of the king. Of course, Mony being the expert guide, explained where the best shots were like the faces through the window shot.

At entrance on 4th Level

The 2 faces of the King The two faces of the King – I think there are about 200 faces all around.

After making a round of the 3rd Level area, we climbed into the 4th Level structure. Incredible stone architecture.

4th Level roof The roof of the 4th Level structure

Catching a breather! Getting some rest and our breath!

We then descended down the steep staircase and all the way to the level ground. Exciting, interesting and EXTREMELY hot and tiring. By now, my feet is all but normal and my little pinky toe getting a blister pain.

Leaving Bayon Temple After a tiring time walking up & down, it’s goodbye to Bayon!

With my toe acting up & both of us feeling rather all tired out, we walked (with whatever strength we could muster) towards the Elephants Terrace but not before we made arrangements to spend the other half of the day at the town instead of other temples.

The Elephant Terrace is a place where the King would seat & watch entertainment.

Steps up towards the Elephant Terrace The steps leading up to the Elephant Terrace. You can see the Elephant trunks!

The King's terrace The terrace where the King would sit & watch the entertainment

These small shrines don’t just serve as temples but as part of the tightrope acts. There would strings across these shrines where tightropes would walk across!

Tightrope shrines Shrines and tightropes do go together!

Next up: Visiting the infamous Siem Reap City

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