This is Angkor Wat eastern facade as seen from the tarred track to the East Gopura. Not many visitors use this way to enter into Angkor Wat and in fact most people are not aware of it.
Angkor Wat is a temple complex at Angkor, Cambodia, built by King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century as his state temple and capital city. As the best-preserved temple at the site, it is the only one to have remained a significant religious centre since its foundation – first Hindu, dedicated to the god Vishnu, then Buddhist. The temple is at the top of the high classical style of Khmer architecture. It has become a symbol of Cambodia, appearing on its national flag, and it is the country's prime attraction for visitors.
Integrated with the architecture of the building, and one of the causes for its fame is Angkor Wat's extensive decoration, which predominantly takes the form of bas-relief friezes. The inner walls of the outer gallery bear a series of large-scale scenes mainly depicting episodes from the Hindu epics the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. Higham has called these, "the greatest known linear arrangement of stone carving". From the north-west corner anti-clockwise, the western gallery shows the Battle of Lanka (from the Ramayana, in which Rama defeats Ravana) and the Battle of Kurukshetra (from the Mahabharata, showing the mutual annihilation of the Kaurava and Pandava clans). On the southern gallery follow the only historical scene, a procession of Suryavarman II, then the 32 hells and 37 heavens of Hindu mythology.
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- Copyright: Eugene Fu (eugenefu) (524)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2011-04-14
- Categories: Ruins
- Camera: Canon IXUS 60D
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/800 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Ancient world of Angkor [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2012-07-11 3:45