Angkor 2: The center and the periphery

…After the fact contemplations about the durability of our monuments aside, our time in Angkor was mostly peaceful.  We interacted with the place much like one would with a distant older relative’s living room, assessing the passing of time, reading into the images fragments of stories, smelling, sitting, drinking, and pacing around some more.  The further afield we went from the main temple complex, the closer we were to  Cambodia outside the hermetic environment protected from the ravages of the present by conservationists and international aid.  Besides walking around a local festival at the Roluos temple group and roadside scenes from the vantage of our tuk tuk, we did not come close to life outside the margins of tourism in Siem Reap.  After feeling like we ‘lived’ parts of India and Laos, looking back at it now, it feels odd that we did not approach northern Cambodia much in the same way.  At the time, we were engrossed in the temples, in uncovering some meaning from the glyphic walls, and perhaps, in our own separate ways, in attempting to piece together some preliminary conclusions about our trip as we were planning the last month of travel.

Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat, east facade

6:00 am

inside Angkor Wat

inside Angkor Wat, dry pool

inside Angkor Wat

inside Angkor Wat

inside Angkor Wat

inside Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat, SE gallery, Judgement of Yama, a relief depicting Heaven and, in this case, Hell

Angkor Wat

Preah Khan

Preah Khan

outside Preah Khan, Sponge bob

driving to Roluos

festival outside the Bakong temple of the Roluos group

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looking at Bakong

Bakong

Bakong

Bakong

Bakong

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Pre Rup

Pre Rup

Banteay Srei

Banteay Srei

Banteay Srei

Banteay Samre

Banteay Samre

Banteay Samre

Banteay Samre

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