During my second visit to Siem Reap, I made sure to visit Angkor Wat and more of the Angkor complex again. But unlike the first time, this time I dedicated more than one day to it. Angkor deserves more than one day of your attention in order to do justice to the complex web of buildings and its history and culture.
Angkor, which is Khmer for Holy City, is a vast region in Cambodia that served once as the seat of the Khmer Empire – that spanned from the 9th to the 15th century. Now a day, the ruins of Angkor are all found amid forests and farmlands surrounding the Siem Reap Province, with many of them still forgotten under hundreds of years of overgrown vegetation.
The most fascinating thing to me about Angkor is the assembling process of the historical puzzle composed by nondescript piles of brick rubble as well as magnificent religious monuments like Angkor Wat. I once wrote about how visually detailed the experience in Angkor Wat is, but I didn’t share anything about the rest of the ruins in the complex.
While visiting the entire complex is a herculean task, I did my best to visit ruins that are far from the main complex as well as revisit some of my favorites in the more visited “tourist cycles”.
Here, I share some of the best and most descriptive moments; often captured on the spur of the moment with the help of my handy iPhone.
And last but not least, a short time lapse of the sunrise, shot with my GoPro Hero 2.