A Look at Angkor Wat, Cambodia


| 9/7/2016 12:49:00 PM


Tags: Marilyn Jones, Cambodia, Hindu, Buddhist, monks, religion, temple,

Marilyn JonesSunrise is an hour away as I make my way along the wide pathway to Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument in the world, located just north of Siem Reap. I am joined by 15 other Exodus Travels tourists and our guide, Vanney. On the edge of a reflecting pool, hundreds of other visitors jockey for position to get the best photo of the sun rising over the temple.

daybreak

Angkor Wat was built in the first half of the 12th century. Estimated construction time is 30 years. Built by King Suryavarman II and dedicated to Vishnu, a Hindu god, it later became a Buddhist temple.

sunrise

Time passes quickly as I chat with other tour members, all from America and the UK, and all friendly, funny, and curious about the past and this spectacular, 900-year-old, religious destination.

Although it is cloudy, the sun offers a few streaks of tangerine, gold and crimson. As soon as the light transforms into bright yellow sunshine, we all follow our guide to the temple. 




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