Angkor Thom was the Capital city of Jayavarman VII and the last Capital of the Khmer Empire. With heavy influence of Buddhism, Angkor Thom’s Bayon temple is mesmerizing in short! Though not as grand in scale as Angkor Wat, Bayon with its 49 towers (now 37) with close to 200 smiling faces is equally amazing!
Take a look, click on pictures to enlarge!
Ta Phrom (Think Tomb Raider) and Banteay Srei photos to follow 🙂
I had the good fortune of visiting Thailand during Dec 2010 – Jan 2011. Buddhism always fascinates me. The statues and busts of The Buddha provide a strange sense of calm..most of us know Thailand for Muay Thai, Adventure Sports etc. But most importantly, it is the land where Buddhism flourished after its introduction by the Great Indian Emperor – Asoka.
This photo of The Reclining Buddha is in the Wat Pho temple complex in Bangkok. And my god, is he HUGE. Spanning almost 42 metres wide and 15 metres tall, in all the golden splendour, this Buddha overwhelms you with his presence!
The concentric circles are in fact engraved on TWO of the toes of his feet!! Couldn’t really grab the whole feet with the upper torso in the bg in a single frame!