CFFC: Starts with Ap

Apsara

Apsara, Angkor Wat, Angkor Temple Complex, Siem Reap, Cambodia

An apsara is a female spirit of the clouds and waters in Hindu and Buddhist mythology. Apsaras are a common motif on temples and other buildings throughout  Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, and other parts of Southeast Asia. Often translated as nymph or muse, the depiction of apsaras differ in each culture. Dancing apsara in bas-relief  decorate the walls of Angkor Wat, the largest temple (AD 1116–1150) in Angkor Archaeological Park, and the largest religious monument in the world .

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Stairway to Heaven

Stairway to Heaven

Angkor Wat, near Siem Reap, Cambodia, is the largest religious monument ever constructed.  Originally built by  Khmer King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century as a Hindu temple to the god Vishnu, it morphed a Buddhist temple by the 14th century.  The five towers of  central temple represent the peaks of Mt. Meru, the mythical home of both Hindu and Buddhist gods.  A series of galleries, terraces and steep stairways symbolised the effort needed to achieve enlightenment or reach heaven. Three sets of stairs on each side, one in the center and two on the corners, give access to the upper terraces and galleries of the center temple.  Often called the “stairway to heaven,”  the steps rise at a 70% grade.

When I visited Angkor Wat in 2006, one of the stairways on the south side had a handrail—the others required free climbing. Since that time, all but one of the staircases have been closed and access to the central tower is limited to 100 visitors a day.  The south set of steps is now covered by a wooden staircase with handrails. Maybe now I would go to the top. I wasn’t drawn to the steep climb when I was there.

 

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Color Your World 2017: Jungle Green

Not Quite Jungle Green in the Jungle

Temple Ruins, Ta Phrom, Ankgor, Siem Reap Region, Cambodia

Temple Ruins, Ta Phrom, Angkor, Siem Reap Region, Cambodia

Ruins of temple at Ta Phrom, Angkor, Siem Reap Region, Cambodia.

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A Photo A Week Challenge: Shy

Wallflower in a Cambodian temple

Wallflower in a Cambodian temple

Shy is the word for this week’s Photo A Week Challenge

 

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Threshold – Floating

Floating Houseboat, Tonle’ Sap Lake, Cambodia. During the rainy season, the village houseboats, which normally float in the lake, are tied up along the shore.

 

Floating Houseboat, Tonle' Sap Lake, Cambodia

Floating Houseboat, Tonle’ Sap Lake, Cambodia

 

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Travel Theme: Ancient – Bayon

Smiling faces on towers of the Bayon Temple, Angkor Thom, Angkor, Cambodia

Smiling faces on towers of the Bayon Temple, Angkor Thom, Angkor, Cambodia

Travel theme: Ancient

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