Cambodia: Ten tips on visiting Angkor's temples

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Cambodia: Ten tips on visiting Angkor's temples

Postby Mr. G » Tue Nov 23, 2010 2:41 pm

Angkor Archaeological Park is home to hundreds of temples as well as villages, schools and farmland. Just as a millennium ago, Angkor is a vast area where people live and work. Glimpses of rural Cambodian life – immaculately uniformed children walking to school and their parents working the fields – offer humble interludes between temple visits.

Its centrepiece is Angkor Wat, Cambodia's best-preserved and beloved temple. Originally dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu, it has remained a place of worship since its foundation. Thought to be a miniature replica of the universe, its towers, moats and concentric walls reveal an architectural sophistication, and the bas-relief with their plump figures and triumphal battle scenes reflect a healthy, wealthy period of history.

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Re: Cambodia: Ten tips on visiting Angkor's temples

Postby Hanzze » Wed Nov 24, 2010 7:55 am

Thanks for sharing!

Many Temples, especial them erectet by King Jaravarman VII are buildet in the time Khmer use to follow Mahayana Buddhism.
The Bayon Tempel shows the face of King Jaravarman VII, who is often explained as manifestation of Avalokiteshvara/Bodhisattva Lokeshvara.

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There are less informations about Mahayana traditions in Cambodia even the most glorious and beloved times have been Mahayana times.
Just that! :-)
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