Angkor Wat, Cambodia’s most iconic Temple

Angkor Wat, Cambodia’s most iconic Temple

Angkor Wat is an iconic symbol of the historic Khmer or Angkor Empire and it has survived the test of many centuries. This temple located in modern-day Cambodia has a special place in the Buddhist and Hindu religious traditions. It was first built as a Hindu Temple, as a tribute to the Hindu deity Vishnu by the Khmer King but it was transformed into a Buddhist Temple at the end of the 12th Century. This temple has a special significance for Cambodia and it appears on its national flag. This vast temple of 402 acres is a major tourist attraction and millions of people from all over the world visit this place. Apart from the religious significance of this place, its unique architectural style also mesmerizes the attention of the visitors. It is a classical Khmer style of the building having grandeur and harmony. We were visiting the famous and historical religious
buildings and places all over the world when we decided to visit the Angkor Wat. Cambodia has a rich history with countless places to explore along with the iconic Angkor Wat temple. We came here in the month of September and booked a hotel near the temple. Since we had reached here in the evening, we decided to explore the city before visiting the temple.

Visiting the City of Siem Reap and Exploring its Ancient Architecture

Siem Reap is an iconic city with numerous ancient architectural buildings spread all across. We went out to explore these ancient buildings and take notes of the Khmer architecture. We went to the Bayon Temple, which is another major attraction along with Angkor Wat. Bayon Temple is popular for smiling faces carved here. We also visited the Angkor Thom, which comprises the remains of an ancient city. We also visited Ta Prohm in the city, which now reflects the ruins of an ancient temple built at this place. There are large trees here as well which give a unique look to this place. We spent an hour here before the night start to fell and we had to get back to our hotel and prepare for the next morning visit to Angkor Wat.

Visiting the Angkor Temple and Exploring the Khmer Architecture

The temple is a marvel of construction with its grandeur and magnificence spread over 400 acres. We reached here in the morning and hired the services of a guide in order to learn the details about the history and design of this place. This is a large place and it requires a day to fully explore the ins and outs of the temple. A unique aspect of the temple is that it is oriented towards the west instead of east, which has baffled many architects throughout the course of history. However, it is generally believed that the emperor had built this place as a funerary temple and since the rituals take place in reverse during this period, the direction of the temple is also opposite. This is a sandstone building with numerous indications of the work of skilled labor. There is a middle tower at the temple symbolizing the mount Meru. There are countless such symbols and, which seize the attention of the onlookers. We spent a whole day here and went to our hotel at night. However, we wanted to come back the next day
and explore this place further.

Things to Do in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

top of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

If it’s your first time in Rio in Brazil, you can’t pass up relaxing and people-watching along the shores of Copacabana or Ipanema. But don’t spend all of your time at the shore; the Marvelous City has more spectacular natural beauty to offer with sites like Tijuca National Park and Sugar Loaf. Venture into charming neighborhoods like Santa Teresa and Lapa, to get a real taste of what it means to be a Cariocas (native Brazilians born in Rio de Janeiro).

Here are the top 5 things to do in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Top Things to Do in Lima, Peru

Lima, Peru

Are you currently planning a trip to Peru? Then, you are probably wondering if Lima is worth a visit and how much time you should be spending in the city, right? So let me tell you, of all the cities in South America, Lima surprised me the most. There are just so many amazing things to do in Lima!

Hong Kong Travel: Living the Modern World Dream

Hong Kong Travel

It was the mid of February this year when our adventure club made the plan of Hong Kong travel in order to have a taste of life in one of the most significant modern and financial centers of the world. Hong Kong is in the southeastern region of China as an independent territory. For years, it has remained under the British control as part of an agreement but since 1997, its national government has run it. Hong Kong is one of the major tourist destinations in the world though it is considered expensive by the expatriates. Our Hong Travel plan was based on our quest to understand Hong Kong’s success story as well as to enjoy its glorious and spectacular life.

Yellowstone National Park, the First American National Park

Yellowstone National Park

A travel story of America’s first national park by Right Now Cleaning and Restoration, a carpet cleaning company in Butte MT, not far from Yellowstone:

Yellowstone National Park is one of those places were all components of nature have come together. We were a group of young students having a diverse propensity towards traveling and unique adventure habits. While we were traveling through America, we wanted to visit a place, which had a lot of offer for almost everyone in our group. Some of us liked to enjoy nature, landscapes, rivers, lakes, hiking. Others were more interested in places that had more to tell about the history of human civilization and the life on our planet.

Sarajevo, Bosnia: Five Things To Do

Sarajevo, Bosnia town

Bosnia and Herzegovina’s capital, Sarajevo, is an astonishing city which is located in a valley. The city wears its heart on its sleeve showing its scars on its buildings. This great city is a place where East meets west.

Here are the top 5 things to do in Sarajevo, Bosnia.

Stroll around Old Town:

You can walk over the Latin Bridge towards Bascarsija Square (Pigeon Square). This is the greatest starting point for exploring the Old Town of the city.  The historic Old Town is friendly and amazing, and looks like to one of the best European cities, Krakow.

The Coppersmiths’ Shops:

The Old Town is full of shops where you can purchase beautiful hand pounded copper souvenirs. Notice that not all of the goods are created equal. There are some shops which are known for their high quality souvenirs such as coppersmith Ismet i Ismir’s shop.

Ćevapi:


Ćevapi is one of the most delicious meals you will ever eat. It is a minced meat formed into cylinder sausage shapes. It is served with fresh bread, raw onions and kajmak. Do not leave Bosnia & Herzegovina without trying this local dish.
It is also cheap; you’ll get all this deliciousness for just a few dollars.

Local brews:

There is one of the largest beer halls in the whole Europe there in Pivnica HS. You can sample some local freshly brewed beers. The location of Pivnica HS is just a block outside Old Town and next door to Sarajevskaya Brewery.


Find out more about the Region’s History:

The history of the recent war is still alive on the building of the city. The Complete Sarajevo War Tour with Toorico Tours will teach you a lot about the history of the city and the war. The tour starts at the Tunnel Museum where you will be able to explore the tunnel that provided Sarajevo with food, arms and other supplies during the three year siege. After that, the tour goes to the mountains surrounding the city.

You should go only with tours because the area is still full of land mines. The tour includes Igman Mountain where you can see the Olympic ski jumping hills and walk through the remnants of what once was the most luxurious hotel in the mountains which was burned down during the war. You will also see the snipers’ nests and the Old Jewish Cemetery which is another stronghold for Serbian snipers during the war.

The tour guides are usually friendly and full of information. There are some guides who have personal stories and experiences during the siege and those make the experience great.

 

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