#temples of Angkor

Nun at a Wat at the Angkor temples in Cambodia. A nun at a Wat in the ancient city of Angkor receives donations and offerings for the upkeep of the Wat. Cambodia

The temples of Angkor

Posted by on Feb 3, 2013 in Cambodia, Travel
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The late afternoon sunshine bathes the fifty-four gothic towers of the Bayon temple in a gentle warm light. The sun’s slow progressive setting casts deep shadows on the two hundred and sixteen large faces of Avalokitesharva, ” the Lord who looks down”, carved on each of the four facets of every tower.

Each face serene, peaceful and representing enlightenment is a replica of the other and is said to bear a resemblance to King Jayavarman VII who commissioned and built this, his official state temple, sometime in the late twelfth or early thirteenth century.