• Stockholm Stockholm
    5 year resident, to guide around the local wonders
  • French Polynesia French Polynesia
    6 islands in the South Seas
  • some image Tokyo Tour
    1-day walk around the best spots
  • Japanese Wedding Japanese Wedding
    The dark side of the rising sun
  • Skyline Hong Kong
    Skylines, bar streets, markets & islands
  • some image Fashion shopping in Tokyo
    The best souvenir of Japan is not omiyage
  • Sydney Opera Australia
    Sydney's NYE, Gold Coast & Great Barrier Reef
  • Gecko Hawaii
    Aloha nature wonders
  • Yakushima Yakushima
    Hiking the Princess Mononoke Forest
  • Ishigaki Lighthouse Ishigaki
    Okinawa's shades of blue
  • Yuki Matsuri Hokkaido
    Powder Snow Festival
  • Daikanyama Daikanyama
    Tokyo's SoHo
  • Cosplayer Comiket
    The Biggest Cosplay Event
  • Cherry Tree Blossom Hanami (花見)
    Sakura by the skyscrapers
  • Hiroshima bomb time Hiroshima
    The Bomb & Miyajima
  • top of mount fuji guide to climb Japan
    Top of Mt.Fuji
  • Kyoto & Nara Nara & Kyoto
    Ciervos nadando en lagos de roca
  • Formentera House Formentera
    Mediterranean Sun

4.6.18

Angkor VIP tour - Ta Keo「ប្រាសាទតាកែវ」

Ta Keo temple, ancient Angkor
Ta Keo「ប្រាសាទតាកែវ」
  • Date: Late 10th century
  • Style: Khleang
  • Highlights:  This giant temple-mountain stands out for being the first one to be built entirely of sandstone, a stone used exclusively by Khmer builders taken from the nearby Kulen mountains. Sandstone made it possible to create elaborate carvings and bas-reliefs, despite its tendency to flake when used for upright supports (against the way its layers were laid down). Together with Pre Rup, Ta Keo is a temple-mountain, with 5 sanctuary towers arranged in a quincunx (like the 5 side in a dice) built on the uppermost level, with one central gopura higher than the rest as symbolic depiction of Mount Meru - home of the gods, surrounded by moat that represents the sea. It was left unfinished as carving had just begun when the works stopped, hence the lack of decorations in many of the blocks.

Ta Keo temple, ancient Angkor
Quite excited to see a major departure from what we had been visiting during the day. The first towers show intricate carvings in the sandstone, with a style notably different from the later phases. Also notable is the cruciform gopura  quite different from the rounded ones in other temples.
Ta Keo temple, ancient Angkor
The first block of stairs is rather straightforward, built in wood with reasonable height.
Ta Keo temple, ancient Angkor
Ta Keo temple, ancient Angkor
Ta Keo temple, ancient Angkor
What comes after was not as funny, despite smiling at the base I assure you that for a 170cm-tall person this is quite a challenge.
Ta Keo temple, ancient Angkor
I eventually made it.
Ta Keo temple, ancient Angkor
Going for the last climb, up to the top of Mount Meru, can you spot me? The other guy looks like a pro-climber while I am more of lady-fighting-her-way-through-a-Gucci-sale type of situation.
Ta Keo temple, ancient Angkor
To find the main deity in a sunny room. Gotta love their golden clothes.
Ta Keo temple, ancient Angkor
Ta Keo temple, ancient Angkor
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