On our third day in Siem Reap, we visited Bayon, which was built by king Jayavarman VII in the late 12th century.
We stopped by to take some pictures at one of the gateways...which I unfortunately can't remember which one it was! But there you go...
The statues on one the left side of the bridge are supposed to represent the gods, whilst the other side are the asuras (demons).
Bayon was the last state temple to be built at Angkor, and the only one built primarily as a Mahayana Buddhist shrine dedicated to the Buddha. However, following king Jayavarman's death, it was modified and augmented by Hindu and Theravada Buddhist kings in accordance with their own religious preferences, before eventually being abandoned to the jungle.
The Bayon's most distinctive feature is the multitude of serene and massive stone faces on the many towers.
After that we headed on to Preah Khan, meaning 'sacred/holy sword' - built by king Jayavarman VII and dedicated to his father (the same way that Ta Prohm was commemorated to his mother).
Like most of king Jayavarman VII's monuments, the Buddha images were vandalized in the later Hindu resurgence.
The outer wall of Preah Khan is of laterite, and bears 72 garudas holding nagas, at 50 metre intervals.
We stopped back at the hotel for a bit of a rest before visiting the last temple for the day (I'll have to look up the name and put it in later when I find out!.
It was a bit of a drive out of the city - a much smaller temple, but with really beautiful and well-preserved carvings.
As the top level of Angkor Wat was open today, we made a quick visit there again. The clothing rules are a bit stricter - no sleeveless tops or shorts, or any revealing clothing for that matter - hence we stopped by a stall and got myself a 2 dollar T-shirt!
The stairs were really steep, but nothing compared to the original steps which were really narrow.
From above, we could get a view of the surrounding grounds.
Upon descending, we witnessed some argument going on between the guards and some tourists. A really bitchy, rude Chinese tourist was wearing really short shorts, and was demanding to be allowed in, blocking the way for other tourists at the same time.
More inconsiderate and rude people (obviously from the same tour group from you know where) stepped in and there was even more loud shouting and screaming.
Some people really need to be educated and learn some manners...or just go back to your own country maybe? Being rich and having lots of money doesn't mean you can impose your uncivilized behaviour on other people.
Shame I didn't take a video to post on Youtube!
After another break at the hotel, we went to have a massage - priced at 10 USD for one hour, or 15 USD for two hours. We all went for the hour-long one - dad who never had a proper massage before clearly was not quite as used to it as me and mum!
Our tour guide then brought us to a small shop to try the local French loaf bread.
Apparently they sell over a thousand loaves per day!
And to end the day, another trip to the night markets! Got more local pants and scarves to bring home - improving my bargaining skills!
The next post shouldn't take too long...hopefully.
Hmm, might go out and get some sun whilst I rest my tired eyes...
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