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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This photo shows the way the jungle and the temple became entwined.
As we walked out of the temple site, we saw this adorable little boy playing. Couldn’t resist taking his picture!
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.
Let’s get up close and personal with some of the Buddhas.
And that’s enough temples for today!