Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Military types

French military types on the walls of Wat Bo in Siem Reap
I'm currently buzzing around Siem Reap and my travels today included visits to the Khmer Ceramics Center, which is located on the road to Angkor, and Wat Bo. It was my first visit to the former and I haven't been to the latter for quite a while, and though the monks were eating when I arrived, the chief achar put his plate down and opened the doors of the vihara, so I could have a good look at the wall paintings. I'll bring you more on them when I'm safely back in Phnom Penh with serious internet access, so in the meantime here's just 1 picture of some Colonial French military types (with hairy top lips, uniforms and rifles with bayonets) on the march. Interesting that they should be incorporated into paintings which in the main are showing images and stories from the Buddhist Reamker.
I will be very quiet over the next couple of days as I'll be scouting on the top of Phnom Kulen where internet access is a no-no, and where mozzies will be one of my chief concerns, alongwith waterlogged trails and where to sleep for a night. Should be interesting.

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