By. Robert Kenyon, Owner of First Cabin Travel Corporation
Entry To Bayon – Angkor Wat – Cambodia
Angkor, considered by some to be the very finest of monuments ever built by man was created in honor of the Hindu God, Vishnu and completed in the 12th century. The Khmer Empire at the time controlled vast territories, which extended well beyond the borders of (Kampuchea) Cambodia. The temples and Wats (temple grounds) at Angkor stretch across miles of jungle forest, where one will find bas-reliefs, temple corridors and courtyards, beautiful statuary and magnificent ruins.
Gateway To Bayon
The entries to Bayon are some of the more treasured aspects of the ruins. Built as thetemple grounds for the Buddhist King Jayavarman VII, it was completed in the 13th century. Its gathering of massive stone faces are terraced to its highest peak. The bas-reliefs along the corridors offer a variety of scenes from battles, village life and mythology.
Ta Prohm, located some miles from Bayon, is one of the more impressive sites at Angkor. Left in a natural state of ruin, with jungle growth making its own path across the temple grounds, archaeologists have chosen to maintain a foot path through the site, while minimizing control of the jungle’s encroachment. The result is one of sheer magnificence as the traveler can meander across the temple grounds enriched by the splendor of the ruins and the beauty of nature’s influence.
The splendor of the ruins at Angkor and matching hospitality of Cambodians beseech travelers to plan their journey.
The ruins of Angkor – A traveler’s delight