Thursday, June 2, 2011

Temple Chronicles: Baphuon & Terrace of the Elephants

The pathway that leads to Baphuon Temple

Built in the middle of the 11th century under King Udayadityavarman II and dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva, it has been described by historians of the 13th century as one of the most beautiful temples of its time.

Extensive restoration is needed to bring it back to all its glory.

Back of the temple

Good thing they built a wooden staircase with handle!

I didn't climb the steeper stairs and chose to rest for a while.

A few meters away from Baphuon Temple is the Terrace of the Elephants.

Indra's three-headed elephants

During the height of Angkorian power, this place is where King Jayavarman VII watches the acrobats performing on ropes stretched between the Suor Prat towers, and his armies and wealth shown before him.


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  2. Hi Sunny Toast! Thank you for visiting my blog :) Siem Reap is a very interesting place, I really had a great vacation.


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