Monday, January 12, 2009
This how I felt after six hours on the bike this afternoon! Actually this is a demon, known as an asura, at the South Gate of Angkor Thom.This is just a quickie post as I'm in an internet cafe and the connection isn't the best. As I spent the morning in the office, I decided on some fresh air this afternoon to get a view of Angkor from a bicycle saddle. I never learn do I. A sedate ride to Angkor Wat would've been nice and easy but I decided to fit in as many temples as I could - of the smaller variety - to see if there are any gems hidden in the forests of Angkor Thom, and of course there are. More when I get a better connection, in the meantime, here's a few photos from this afternoon's tiring adventure.
The little-visited Preah Pithu group of temples has been a target of sculpture robbers in this failed attempt to steal these two devatas from Temple U
40 sitting Buddhas line the inside walls of the main sanctuary of Temple X in the Preah Pithu group. These Buddhas suggest a 14th century date for this temple.
The attractive forest setting of Preah Palilay has disappeared now that they've cut down the trees that sprang from its base - what a shame.