Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Angkor Temple Profile: Angkor Wat

Name: Angkor Wat

Built: late 12th century

Distinctive feature: iconic towers and a mote

Conservatory Body: APSARA and the World Monument's Fund

Visitor's note: This is the main attraction of the entire archeologically park, and indeed the first and last stop all tourist buses take. Though Angkor Wat is busy throughout the day, the morning can be an especially difficult time to navigate tourist traffic. Most tourist arrive at the Wat at 5:00am to photograph the sunrise. This is a hellish time of waiting in the dark cold mud with thousands of people just to take a photo. When we got there and saw the chaos, we immediately left. Instead, we climbed around the temple in the dark (probably not allowed) and had the whole place to ourselves.  It was beautiful to watch the sunrise while sitting on a ledge of the temple. And I still got my iconic shot on the way out.

Sunrise at Angkor Wat

Tourists by the water photographing Angkor Wat (this was after the main crowd dispersed)

Watching the sunrise by ourselves

Sunset at Angkor Wat

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