Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Inside of Angkor Wat

The temple which is surrounded by a wide moat, and the towers represent the universe.  The moat represents the mythical oceans surrounding the earth and the successions of the concentric galleries represent the mountain ranges that surround Mount Meru, the home of the gods.
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The outer limits of Angkor Wat are set by its broad moat.  Including this broad the total area is almost 200 hectares -a rectangle of 1.5km E-W by 1.3 km N-S.  It is the largest temple at Angkor.
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Apsaras on the inner wall of the W entrance gopura. all the temple walls are adorned with Apsaras.
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Apsara, gallery on the second level
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One of the four basins in the 'cruciform cloister'.  Each basin represents one natural elements: water, air, earth, and fire.
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Half-pediment of the W entrance gopura showing a battle scene from the Ramayana.  Along this wall the Kaurawa army advancing into the Battle of Kurukshetra is also represented.
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The concentric galleries represent the mountain ranges that surround Mount Meru, the home of the gods.
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The towers represent the mountain's peak, and the experience of the ascent to the central shrine is a fairly convincing imitation of climbing a real mountain.
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I joined this group of tourist.
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Apsaras, at one of the five towers of this level.
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The Galery of Bas-Reliefs from gopura III E
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basins on the third level
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Bellow, I took this picture from one of the tower.
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The uppermost level of the temple, which carries the five towers and surrounding galleries, really does look like the final ascent of a great mountain, and although the steps rise just 11m, their steep angle and the proportions of the massif make the climb memorable.
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