The next day, we had planned to see the sunrise at Angkor Wat. We had to wake up at 5 am to get there for the sunrise. I ended up sleeping in a bit and had to get woken up. We sped to Angkor Wat and found a place that wasn't too crowded of people. It was a foggy morning so the sunrise wasn't as beautiful as I expected it to be but it was still nice.
After seeing the sunrise we headed to breakfast around the food area near the temples then headed to Preah Khan. Right outside of Preah Khan are these really cool sculptures (I don't know the real name of them). It looks like a team of people working together to carry a tree branch. This is on the read leading to Preah Khan, so stop and take a picture!
Preah Khan was built in the 12th century as a son's gift to his father. This temple is a Buddhist sanctuary with Hindu satellite temples. The feeling of being in world heritage ruin is apparent at this temple as this temple looks as if it's falling apart and there are lots of stone on the ground.
One thing I didn't like was seeing the brand new stone put into certain parts of the temple. They are very obvious and take away from the old beauty of the temple.
Here you can see the Buddhist influences in the temple
Inside the temple you can see this large stone stupa. Stupas are used as a place of meditation, so people can sit around this stupa during meditation.
This was one of my favourite parts of this temple, the tree stump on top of the doorway
Here is a set of stone feet that fell from a statue, but I didn't see a statue around
Walking to where the tuk tuks park I saw this building. Not sure what it is or what is what used for though.
This area is located where the tuk tuks park. It is just a huge wetland with birds. I was really surprised to see this here considering Siem Reap has a very hot and dry climate.
Neak Pean is the water temple, it is located on a island. The island is not accessible but you can see and take pictures from the walk way. There is one large pond that has the temple in the middle of it, then there are 4 smaller ponds. Each pond has a horse, elephant, human or lion chapel in front of it. This temple does not need a lot of time, I spent about 15 minutes here.
Ta Som is another temple with the smiling Buddha faces in the stone. Ta Som is another temple built in the 12th century, as a gift from son to father. A lot of this temple is left unrestored just like Preah Khan. Obviously walking around you can tell what has been restored and what hasn't.
Check out the second part of the blog for the continuation of the tour!
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