Thursday, October 20, 2016

Reminiscing Siem Reap: Angkor Thom

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"Wherever one wanders, the faces of Lokesvara follow."
- Maurice Glaize, on Bayon

After Angkor Wat, Di, Rai, Yani, and I entered Angkor Thom, which is defined as 'the great city' in Khmer. To its heart we went. Yes, Bayon.

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Enigmatic smiles of gigantic faces greeted us at King Jayavarman VII's temple. That was not the only uniqueness. Unlike other state religious structures built during the Khmer empire, Prasat Bayon was the only one dedicated to Buddha.

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I would love to photograph more of the bas-reliefs, especially those depicting scenes from Angkorian Khmer's everyday life at the outer gallery, but the stretch was too crowded. Next time, with Kamal and Khalish again, hopefully. Photographing the chums and other aspects of the temple was as rewarding though.

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Di, Rai, Yani, and I bade farewell to Angkor Thom at a small shrine. Nobody there but us. The best place to create our own universe ;)

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"Still round the corner there may wait
A new road or a secret gate
And though I oft have passed them by
A day will come at last when I
Shall take the hidden paths that run
West of the moon, east of the sun"

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