Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Why Travel Tuesday: Angkor

Every Tuesday, I will be featuring a photograph of a place I have gone to, a photograph which I believe will inspire others to go out and see the world for themselves. I want to encourage people to travel because travel has shown me a lot of beautiful things, has acquainted me with a lot of amazing people, and has taught me lessons I will keep for the rest of my life. For this week, Why Travel Tuesday features the ancient city of Angkor.

Bayon

Angkor is the region occupied by the ancient Khmer people situated in the territory of what is now modern-day Cambodia. What stands today as a reminder of their great empire are the temples of Angkor collectively declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992. Pictured above is Bayon, a 12th-century temple located right at the center of the huge complex of Angkor Thom or "Great City." Of all the temples found in the huge area, Bayon was the temple that left the most indelible mark on me. I think it's because of all the temples of Angkor, Bayon is the only one with massive stone faces jutting out from its numerous towers. Bayon has a distinct style all its own.

Have you been to Angkor in Cambodia? Which temple captivated you the most?


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