Saturday, April 21, 2007

Preah Khan, Nak Pean- More Temples and Ruins

By the time we were done with Preah Khan, I somehow feel a little intoxicated with ancient ruins and temples.

I mean, there are just so many of them here, each is of quite large areas. Carvings and more carvings, some depict the Buddhisms teachings, some from the Ramayana epic. To me as an amateur, they really look the same to me.


At Preah Khan, this used to be a monastery for buddism teaching. In reality, sometime I wonder if somewhere deep in India, such similar structures would be still be of existence and in better condition? Then I further my thought wondering, if they do exist, wouldn't it be better to see it from the source of these religion rather than wandering here thinking what would it be like at present day?




Alas, at such weather, it didn't take me long before I came back to reality deciding to find the best shelter available.

Corridors after corridors... windows, entrances, leading from one courtyard to another.





Secret courtyards on every entrance opening to more ruins...











Found this very authentic stupa originate from Buddist teaching. First time me seeing one here actually. They exist in abundant in Thailand and Myanmar apparently.


Mark decided to stretch things to limit, by telling reader that he gets to literally sit on an artifact. Hey, don't blame him... a tire day with all walking and no benches for sitting. You've got to pamper yourself some how.


If you are ever visiting Preah Khan, you should stop by at the small hut that was made into the Museum, just right outside the entrance. The stuffs they've there are actually quite interesting, ranging from how the place was originally looking, towards the looting incidents that was recapture by National Geographic in the 80's


Later on, we stopped at the Nak Pean, a place of man made squarish water barray with fountain. Not really a big place, but not too hard to imagine such tyranny those kings at old days pose themselves to be.




Negotiating with the tuk-tuk driver is a daily affair. While they are not as bad as their neighbouring countries counterpart (Thailand for once), but you do need to negotiate and check on them again and again, on what's the next destination.

When we went on the Big circuit of the Angkor Temples, we've got to pre agree at which route he will take, and which temples he will stop us. We've had experience the previous day at Bantey Srey, realizing there were other temples along the way that he won't stop us telling stories like no rain, not attractive blah blah blah. When we insist of stopping, he then blurred out that we need to pay extra as the petrol is expensive. And mind you, it is not always about USD$1 difference, but more like USD$3 or so.

That is not the end too, before you get down, they actually demand to be tipped for such lousy service, and USD$1 was deemed to be very little.

So just be careful on your next tuk-tuk ride in Siem Reap.

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