Siem Reap, Cambodia in Pictures…and Some Words

As long as I’d flown halfway around the world already, I decided to take a little detour to Cambodia to see the temples at Angkor before returning home. SO glad I did that. Such a beautiful country. Here are a few of the things I saw.

Water wheel near Angkor Wat

Water wheel near Angkor Wat

Although this particular water wheel is only about 15 years old, there has been a water wheel on this site for centuries. The water is collected and delivered via a wooden aqueduct.

At Banteay Srey - The Lady Temple

At Banteay Srey – The Lady Temple

Most of the Angkor Temples, including Banteay Srey (The Lady Temple) were originally built as Hindu temples and then converted to Buddhist temples. The Lady Temple (so-called because it was thought that the delicate carvings must have been made by women) was originally built to the Hindu god Shiva. Now, all the temples are Buddhist sites.

Banteay Srey

Banteay Srey

Sad that this sign needs to be posted.

Sad that this sign needs to be posted.

This is real. It’s good that the mine fields are being cleaned up, but the legacy doesn’t just belong to Cambodia. This is our legacy as well. This is a product of colonialism and proxy fighting just as much as it is civil war. People continue to be injured by the land mines.

There are cows everywhere.

There are cows everywhere.

I know this is a brown cow, but most of them are white. They’re everywhere. Some are tethered, but plenty roam free.  They’re the work animals in the rice fields.

Lotus blossom at the Broken Temple.

Lotus blossom at the Broken Temple.

The lotus grows in muck and is beautiful and fragrant, and for this reason is an important symbol in Buddhism.

The Broken Temple

The Broken Temple

Some of “Tomb Raider” was filmed here. The film crew built the wooden stairs and platforms that make it possible to walk around this site safely.

At the floating village on Tonle Sap

At the floating village on Tonle Sap

Tonle Sap is the largest lake in Southeast Asia. This floating village has existed on the lake for about 500 years. The houses are on pontoons, or are just small boats. This couple returns home with a shrimp trap on the back of their boat.

At Angkor Wat

At Angkor Wat

Sunrise at Angkor Wat

Sunrise at Angkor Wat

Landmine victim band

Landmine victim band

These bands, made up entirely of victims of land mines, play for donations at various temple sites in Angkor. It is a project of the Land Mine Museum.  We have the power to end the destruction.

I receive a thread bracelet from a nun in a temple. These are meant for protection.

I receive a thread bracelet from a nun in a temple. These are meant for protection.

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durian fruit

durian fruit

I try durian fruit

I try durian fruit

The smell is…powerful. When we drove by I wondered what the stink was before I saw the fruit sellers on the side of the road. The taste is sweet and creamy – like smooth and creamy pineapple.

The Elephant Temple

The Elephant Temple

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Artisans of Angkor working on temple restorations

Artisans of Angkor working on temple restorations

Land mine made by Khmer Rouge. We have the power to clean this up.

Land mine made by Khmer Rouge. We have the power to clean this up.

Preparing and spinning raw silk at the silk farm near Siem Reap

Preparing and spinning raw silk at the silk farm near Siem Reap

Weaving silk at the silk farm near Siem Reap

Weaving silk at the silk farm near Siem Reap

 

This is a sample of the over 1700 photos I took in Hong Kong and Cambodia. Something you’d like to see that you don’t see here? Let me know in the comments. If I have it, I’ll post it. Hope this gives you some idea of what I did on my summer vacation.

That’s my mighty mite.

 

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