Jun 26, 2011

Beautiful Cambodia (June 2011)

Horrors and wonders....  Phnom Penh, Siem Reap...

more than 1000 years of History and rich cultures inter mingled and it's where probably many of our Asians have our origins and links ...
and no, let's not forget too the more recent horrors from 35 years ago(killing >2mil people including women and children) - the despicable action of man's tyrannical rule - Pol Pot; and evidence of reckless land minds in surviving victims.
Still today, there are wounds and healing stories from among second generation descendants of lost loved ones.
The country is beautiful, and clean especially Siem Reap, if you have strength in your legs, see it now.  There's lots of walking and climbing to be done...

Get the Banana Fritters in Siem Reap, couldn't locate those in Phnom Penh !.

1 of the 200 odd (torture) prisons set up by Pol Pot,
the grey border marks
the cell walls  where they once used to be,
for 1 person and a little box for crap and pee.

Bayon Temples Siem Reap

Gorgeous architecture

and rich carvings

Bayon temple, glorious stone work, designs, MAGNIFICENT!

Cultural village presenting the many tribes of Cambodia

Floating Catholic Church on the Tonle Sap lake

Kulen Mountain... 9th Century temple.. (legs needed)

View our own tropical lights from Bakheng Hill., from the ruins of a 9th century temple,
waves of rainbow colours at sunset reflecting off the waters of the Lake
(not just legs needed by courage to climb the steep steps, worse getting down!!)
Angkor Wat

Feel the air around you, touch the stones and let it pass through your senses

Silver Pagoda .. next to the King's Palace - Phnom Penh... lots of gold...and silver....

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