Roaming Pre Rup Temple – Unexpected sunny color

June 8, 2009

It was the first early morning that my friends and I agreed to get up very early because we wanted to see a beautiful sunrise scene. We decided to go to Pre Rup Temple instead of Angkor Wat to avoid crowd on sunrise photographs. We were not lucky as it was cloudy morning. There was slightly sunshine shone down upon the three reddish sandstone towers at the top of the temple.

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Three towers at the top

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We spent about an hours at the temple and then moved on to another site. However, we drove pass the Pre Rup Temple again on the return. At the moment we looked at the Pre Rup Temple while our car was moving, a group of yellow tone appeared in our eyes. There was a group of Cambodian monks were getting their group photo in front of the Pre Rup site. We knowed that it was going to be beautiful color in photos, yellow color together with the reddish and brownish stone. Without a reluctance, the car was pulled over and we quickly got off it. The rest was the moment of compensating sunny shine that we missed in the early morning there and yes, we were satisfied!

Sunny color from the monks group photo

Monks are climbing to salute at the top of temple.

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Roaming Ta Prohm Temple – Jungle Temple

June 4, 2009

I headlined that “The Great Explorer in Siem Reap” on my previous posting. Now, let’s imagine and pretend that you are an explorer and are walking into a forest… deep forest. There is no pathway. You even have to wade and cut small trees grown on the ground and make your own narrow path to keep moving and walking.  Suddenly, you stop because of a thing appears in front of you. The thing that may cause you to hold a breath. The thing that may make you feel stunning until you may could not stop thinking how the thing that happened. 

Yes, that was what I felt when I walked into the Ta Prohm Temple.  Even the walkpath to the Ta Prohm  Temple nowadays does not look like what I let you imagine. But you would feel that when you visit there.

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Ta Prohm, intentionally left as it was found in the 19th century, appears enveloped by massive tree roots, tentacles that hold it in the convoluted grip of monstrous nature. Distorting the stonework in a way that creates a surreal effect.

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