|Angkor Wat at dawn.|
|Nice ladies (in bas relief) greet each visitor.|
|Angkow Wat at early dawn.|
I stood alone conteplating the work and effort to build such a massive temple.
Well, I was with lots of other tourists, but not Jesse, who was happily sleeping in her Le Meriden bed.
|The northern wall stretches into the distance.|
|I had the temple to myself as I wandered around the sides and towards the back.|
|Angkor Wat's massive front. |
This is only half of it, and this is inside the moat and outer walls.
NYPL (New York Public Library) would be proud.
Though as far I know they have not yet sold the naming rights of this building.
|One of the four towers that make up the temple's central structure.|
|A view of the crumbling ruins from the elevated central structure|
|Not only does the temple have numerous devatas (guardian spirits) adorning its walls, but super cute ones too!|
|By 9 AM the rest of the tourists, hello Jesse, hello Lauren, had arrived.|
|And so had some of the novice monks.|
|He was just lounging in shade.|
|A local woman takes a rest|
|Jesse posing by the many, many windows|
|A horse waits to give rides just outside the inner temple.|
|Incredible Bas Reliefs showing the military might of the Khmer empire.|
|Jesse and Lauren assist the devatas (guardian spirits) in protecting the temple.|
They refused to do so topless despite my pointing out that all the other devatas were.
|Way better without a shirt.|
|This older monk respects the sanctity of the temple by calling his fellow monks on his new iPhone.|
"You'll never guess where I am right now!"
|Lauren, Jesse, and I pose by the northern wall|
|Love the ellie bas relief|
|Just lounging with my book in Angkor Wat.|