First, we saw Angkor Thom. Angkor Thom means "Great City", and it was the 9 square kilometer capital city of the Khmer Empire in the 12th century. At the city gate, we found an interesting mode of transportation:
At the city gate:
At the center of Angkor Thom is Bayon Temple, which is known now in our family simply as "Faces". Sometimes it's B3's favorite temple we visited, and it's always AK's. It was built in the 12th or 13th century, and it's simply incredible.
And again, we pay someone's salary for a day by having our photo taken with the Apsara dancers. All of their shows in town were too late for us to enjoy after a long day of touring, so we settled for this.
As we were leaving, I noticed this lady's handbag. She was impeccably dressed, and she looked as if she had just stepped out of a limo instead of a tuk tuk. So, her choice of accessories made me laugh. B3 would love for me to have one, though. Who doesn't need a bag with cement trucks and dump trucks and tractors?
After leaving Angkor Thom, we continued on to Ta Prohm Temple. If you've ever seen a Siem Reap Temple on an ad or in a movie, it's likely to have been Ta Prohm. Our guide said that some even call it the Angelina Jolie Temple because her movie, Tomb Raider, prominently features Ta Prohm. I suppose Angelina deserves a tiny bit of credit for encouraging a little bit of positive press and tourism in the area, but that's about it. Anyway, Ta Prohm's claim to fame is that when the temple was rediscovered, the trees weren't cleared off of it like they were on the others we visited. The roots still drip and drape over the walls.
This temple has been adopted by the Indian Government to restore and protect it. It was fascinating to watch the men work with 21st century tools and 12th century methods to recreate some parts of the temple.
this tuk tuk driver got bonus points. If he had been our driver, I would have admired his ingenuity but hesitated to wake him.
That concluded our Temple Tour in Siem Reap!