Short Visit to Angkor Archaeological Park

I am sure many people do know what Angkor Wat is. Well, Angkor Wat is an integral part of Angkor Archaeological Park which is located in Siem Reap, the name of City in Cambodia. History noted that Angkor was built around the first half of 12th century by King Suryavarman II as one of powerful Kingdom in Southeast Asia. Angkor Wat is believed as the largest of Khmer monuments that still standing. You can reach Siem Reap from Bangkok (Thailand) by bus or by plane. Bus is certainly cheaper than plane. However, if you have only short day to visit and want to stop by in Angkor, plane is the best choice. My purpose visiting Angkor Archaeological Park was to make a live-sketch. Yet, the high number of visitor and the hot sunny day made me think twice where the best spot to sketch was.

 

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The Bayon: Gigantic Faces

 

The Bayon was our choice. The Bayon is the temple which features gigantic faces on the temple’s towers which was built in the early 13th century. Even though it was built as the official state temple of of Mahayana Buddhist, it is said that it was modified by Hindu and Theravada Buddhist Kings in accordance with their own religious preferences. Sitting on the bench and sketching in couple minutes. While sketching, I was wondering how they installed the stone… Surely it needed appropriate technique and skillful sculptors. Wonderful Angkor Archaeological Park as the slogan of Cambodia’s tourism slogan: Kingdom of Wonder.

 

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Quick Sketch of Bayon

 

See you Angkor, hope to visit you again in the near future 🙂

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