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Monkey business and Buddhist monks

14 Sep 2011 by Jancis Robinson

This collection of pictures and videos concludes the totally gratuitous airing of my holiday snaps, you will be delighted to learn. Adventures in Cambodia explains some of the context while Ta Prohm before the storm gives you something of the atmosphere of this amazing collection of 11th- to 13th-century temples in the jungle, I hope.

What I will add is that this destination felt incredibly exotic but once we'd got back to London, we seemed to find that a very high proportion of the people we met had been there already. Highly recommended anyway. 

 Hog_roast_at_Bayon_temple

The Bayon temple is slap bang in the middle of Angkor Thom, a vast holy rectangle. One of its most impressive features is its series of intricate carvings, made at more or less the same time as the Bayeux tapestry, possibly even earlier, and a little reminiscent of it though far more detailed. The particular scene shown above depicts a 12th-century hog roast in impressive detail.

Buddha_head

Above is just one of the many heads of Buddha inside the moated temple of Bayon. 


And below, here we are on our way back through the trees to Siem Reap. Roads are miraculously straight in this part of the world, a reflection of how flat the countryside is. 

 

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