The paradox of Cambodia, it is to be mediatized through what it gave of more grandiose, Angkor, and worse, the Khmer Rouge.
From now on, calm reigns throughout the territory of Cambodia and improved infrastructure allows everyone to look for this country beyond the only and fabulous Angkor. It’s time to get drunk on the magic of today’s Khmer countryside.
Villages and villages of Cambodia dot the landscapes supremely authentic and devilish generators of atmospheres. The regular expanses planted with rows of coconut palms and sugar palms, which mark as far as the eye can see the carpet of paddy fields, dominated in the distance by some incongruous and lonely hills, exert an indescribable hypnotic power.
Many travelers fall in love with Cambodia and its endearing population, with a contagious smile. If you go to Angkor, you are guaranteed, you will come back conquered by the Cambodians and their country!
Bayon, the geometric center of Angkor Thom, is 1.5 km from the southern gate of Angkor Thom and 3,250 km from the western Angkor Wat.
This Temple is not surrounded like the other monuments of a real enclosure, but one can think that it is constituted by the high wall which surrounds Angkor Thom, with its four monumental doors located exactly on the two main axes of the Bayon. What characterizes this monument is its towers with faces, shaped on a large scale, and its bas-reliefs of the 2nd and 3rd speakers which provide a lot of information on everyday life.
We count today only 37 laps, but we think that they should be more numerous, maybe 54 with 216 faces.
Bayon is the state temple of King Jayavarman VII. A true pantheon, he welcomed images of the various gods who were then venerated in the Khmer Empire. Although relatively small in height, the entire monument can be likened to a mountain temple, as it also represents Mount Meru.
The Temple consists of three terraces. The first one, raised by an average of 1.50 m above the external ground, forms a quadrilateral of about 125 m by 136 m with steps to the right of gopura, corner pavilions and side doors. It supports the 3rd enclosure which constitutes a gallery, said gallery with external bas-reliefs, of 4.60 m wide. A peripheral courtyard, with an average width of 17 m, surrounds the second platform bordered by a new gallery with carved walls, a gallery with interior bas-reliefs. 68 m wide and 78 m long, it is only 1,30 m above the level of the first terrace. The third platform is in the shape of a Greek cross with steps. Its galleries limit the first enclosure. Its height is only 4.60 m from the ground of the peripheral court. The center of the cross supports the imposing central tower.
Travel Angkor Wat
Angkor is one of the most remarkable archaeological sites on the planet, in the heart of the Khmer Kingdom. Angkor was the capital of the Khmer Empire for more than half a millennium between the ninth and fourteenth centuries. Vacationers in Angkor have the opportunity to explore the ruins of the Khmer Empire, about 400km², in the forest. Many temples, some renovated, are among the sites to discover in Angkor. It is best to book in a hotel in Angkor, for easy access to Khmer temples. The city has more than 700 temples in the forest. Tourists find nearby the small town of Siem Reap, in the western part of Cambodia, with its remains and old buildings among cheesemakers, banyan trees and a jungle of creepers. Travelers seeking a change of scenery are delighted with their holidays in Angkor. All the sights of the city are worth a visit. The main tourist attraction is Angkor Wat. This monument of exceptional beauty is the emblematic figure of Cambodia, present on the national flag. The carved figures of the temple Bayon seduce travelers. A little further, they discover the remarkable finesse with which the small Banteay Srei temple is renovated. Most of Angkor’s sites are inhabited by ungainly monkeys. It is possible to visit some places on elephant back, a rewarding and unforgettable experience!
Travel your prohm
Ta Prohm was a vast Buddhist monastery that covered 60 hours. It consisted of two parts:
The first, the largest with a surface of 55 hours, allowed, according to the inscription found in the monument, to house 12,640 servants.
The other part, with less than 5 hours, was reserved for the Temple proper.
Once past the gopura gate of the 5th enclosure, surmounted by a four-faced tower, along 350 m long path drawn in the forest leads to a 30 m long cruciform terrace crossing the moat. This terrace, chaotic, is invaded by large trees with a silvery white trunk, called cheese-makers, whose long wavy roots run on the sandstone pavement.
Past the door of the 4th enclosure, we reach a courtyard of 40 m wide by 55 m long, lined with laterite walls on the north and south sides, turning at right angles, to continue around the 3rd enclosure.
One reaches this new enclosure by a long paved alley of sandstone leading to the gopura from where leaves a peripheral yard, limited on the outside by a double row of pillars.