February 19th, 2013


Siem Reap - the Ruluos group

Siem Reap is the center of a region containing a huge amount of temples. Most notable is Angkor Wat which we visited a couple of days later. Our first morning there we visited several of the Ruluos Group  including Preah Ko and Bakong. These are some of the earliest Khmer temples (hindu) built in the 9th century out of sandstone and mark the beginning of Khmer classical art. They;ve been converted to Buddha temples. There were often lions to be seen guarding the place, but also some oxen. Some of these structures are in the process of being restored. Also there was a lovely active monastery.

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A video to get the sense of the temple site.