Siem Riep, Cambodia–Part 2

Siem Riep, Cambodia, Bayan Temple Towers
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Upon leaving Angkor Wat we saw the inevitable parade of motor scooters and tuk-tuks (motorized tricycle taxis). The tuk-tuks line up along the side of the road waiting for customers.

Siem Riep, Cambodia–Tuk-Tuks
Siem Riep, Cambodia–Tuk-Tuks

Our next temple was Ta Prom, a Buddhist temple that has been covered by the jungle and restored beginning in 1975. As before we started from the the east and walked west. This group of musicians is composed of performers who were disabled by land mines. It was a touching site, for sure.

Siem Riep, Cambodia–Musicians at Ta Prom Temple
Siem Riep, Cambodia–Musicians at Ta Prom Temple

The restoration was a massive project. Most of the buildings were in pieces that had to be fit together. The work is still going on, as you can see here.

Siem Riep, Cambodia-Ta Prom Temple restoration
Siem Riep, Cambodia-Ta Prom Temple restoration

The movie Tomb Raider was filmed here. You can see why, as it’s a spectacular site. The banyan trees grew up all around the various structures, creating some fascinating Views.

Siem Riep, Cambodia-Ta Prom Temple
Siem Riep, Cambodia-Ta Prom Temple

Some of the tree root systems were so large we could stand inside them. Unfortunately whoever took this photo zoomed in too much on me so you can’t see the extent of the roots I’m standing in.

Siem Riep, Cambodia-Ta Prom–huge tree roots
Siem Riep, Cambodia-Ta Prom–huge tree roots
Siem Riep, Cambodia-Ta Prom–more Apsaras
Siem Riep, Cambodia-Ta Prom–more Apsaras
Siem Riep, Cambodia-Ta Prom–face in the tree
Siem Riep, Cambodia-Ta Prom–face in the tree

This photo shows the way the jungle and the temple became entwined.

Siem Riep, Cambodia-Ta Prom-temple in the trees
Siem Riep, Cambodia-Ta Prom-temple in the trees

As we walked out of the temple site, we saw this adorable little boy playing. Couldn’t resist taking his picture!

Siem Riep, Cambodia-Ta Prom-boy playing
Siem Riep, Cambodia-Ta Prom-boy playing

Our last temple of the morning was Bayan, another Buddhist complex. It was originally built with 54 towers, the number of provinces at the time it was constructed. Only 25 remain, which coincidentally is the current number of provinces. Each tower has four smiling faces of Buddha, one on each side, representing the four elements and the four principles of Buddhism.

Siem Riep, Cambodia-Bayan entrance
Siem Riep, Cambodia-Bayan entrance
Siem Riep, Cambodia-Bayan towers
Siem Riep, Cambodia-Bayan towers

Let’s get up close and personal with some of the Buddhas.

Siem Riep, Cambodia-Bayan Buddhas
Siem Riep, Cambodia-Bayan Buddhas
Siem Riep, Cambodia-Bayan Buddha
Siem Riep, Cambodia-Bayan Buddha

And that’s enough temples for today!

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2 thoughts on “Siem Riep, Cambodia–Part 2

  1. Hi Marlene – I’ve really enjoyed your photos. And it looks like you’re following the sun around the globe. Beautiful skies everywhere. What a wonderful trip! Miss you!
    Judy

    1. Yes, Judy, the weather gods have been with us the whole time! Not one day of rain, and the weather in Morocco is perfect, mid 70s. Can’t believe we fly back to Orlando tomorrow and to SD Sunday! it’s been a whirlwind of experiences.

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