Tuesday, 3 August 2010

Angkor Wat

Saturday 31 July: The largest religious building in the world surrounded by a shimmering 620ft wide moat.
I feel a little let down - not by Angkor Wat itself but by the manor in which it's been put under conservation. While the experts may have university degrees in conservation clearly they don't even have kinder garden qualifications in aesthetics. Much of their work is screened by ugly bright green plastic sheeting making this wonderful building a disappointing sight for the visitors who fund their efforts. I'm glad I was here in 2008.
Angkor was built by Surya II (1112 to 1152) and is also renowned for it's fine asparas, or heavenly nymphs. These, at least, still make a memorable photo.
Photos of Angkor Wat.

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