Temples of Siem Reap. Day 1.

When I first saw pictures of the temples of Siem Reap, I actually wasn’t very impressed. I thought they all kind of looked the same and wondered why they were so famous and why people needed more than a day to visit them. Oh, naive me!

These temples were absolutely breathtaking! Photos really cannot do them justice is what it was. What was most surprising of all though was how unique each and every temple looked and felt. All considering, they were built up to hundreds of years apart! (8th-11th century AD).

My photos cannot capture the full beauty of this place, but here are my select photos of the temples.

BANTEAY SREI. Famous for its mythological creatures, intricate carvings, and its feminine nature. Also called the “Citadel of Beauty.”

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It was one of the smaller temples and the furthest away.

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They restored some of the statues so you can see what they looked like before.

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Close-up of these carvings below.

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This was more out front by the entrance.

Gorgeous! These windows were pretty common everywhere, but this was by far the best shot.

Simply gorgeous! and fitting in this “Citadel of Beauty”.

On the way out, we saw our first mine victims band. Back during the Khmer Rouge takeover, they planted a bunch of mines all over the country as a part of their war tactic. Because all of them were not marked, many people fell and are falling victim to them years after the war!

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Also on the way out, we stopped for some fresh coconut.

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PRE-RUP. Used to be a city center. Known for it’s massive towers.

Just note the sheer size of these things!

Just note the sheer size of these things!

You can see some of the signs of an old city.

You can see some of the signs of an old city.

BANTEAY SAMRE. Known for its excellently restored Angkor style temple. I remembered the pillars. It had guardian lions.

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Baby got back!

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EAST MEBON. Known for its elephant statues.

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TA-SOM. A small example of the Bayon face and the tree root intertwined with the temple. Small fries compared to the later ones we’d be seeing, but at this point, we were in awe.

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I think this is still TA-SOM. Man, I can’t keep these straight. Or maybe this is the “other” section.

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