Monday, July 2, 2012

The Mesmerizing Sunrise Over Majestic Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat is the largest and also the best-preserved Hindu temple in the world, which is located in Angkor, Cambodia. It is widely considered one of the wonders of the world due to its role as a significant religious center, its exquisite towers as the home of the gods and also its being a national identity as a symbol on Cambodian national flag. It was built using mostly sandstone blocks, based on Khmer classical style, to which has given its name.

At first glance, it is a luxurious blend of tower and sky, a magnificent spellbinding shrine to Vishnu with its enchanting image replicated in the reflective lake below, which is worth feast your eyes on. It is surrounded by a wide moat and enclosed by a laterite wall. There are five surpassing towers representing the heavenly peaks of Mount Meru, the tallest of which was the home of Vishnu. The third gallery is famous for its superb bas-relief of scenes extracted from the Hindu epics. Among them in the eastern section is the Churning of the Ocean of Milk theme. Carved to dramatic glory, it shows the demons and the gods, churning the ocean to produce an elixir of immortality. Those stunning architectures make Angkor Wat one of the most inspired and spectacular monuments ever conceived by the human mind.

The first impression of tourists visiting Angkor Wat will be surprising of the scene of a crowd gathering at the main temple to watch the sun rise over the ancient temples of Angkor in the early morning. Many tourists come here before heading back to town for breakfast. From 7 a.m, you can explore the vast corridors when Angkor Wat is cool and quiet, and you can spend a few hours to enjoy for this uniquely awe-inspiring sight. The pond to the left of the causeway reflects the increasing sunlight behind the towers. You can also watch the dramatic wrestling match with nature, as the clouds are quickly turned from red, purple, and orange to chrome yellow, and then finally embrace the sun with a soft milky layer. This is definitely something you should witness because of its glorious perfection.

You can get there and around by hooking up with a motor driver, as they are native people who can be friendly guides. Otherwise, if you would like to do it on your own, you can opt for bicycles, which are easily rented from local guesthouses, hotels or shops.

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Photographer: MikeBehnken


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