Friday afternoon we got out of class early and got on a bus to go to Siem Riep. The bus ride took more than 6 hours because the infrastructure here is not very good. It was really neat to get out of Phnom Penn and see what the country actually looks like. The houses were all on stilts and had no power or running water! Crazy right? The streets were filled with water buffalo, cows and naked babies. The rice patties were really amazing to see as well.
Saturday we woke up and got to go see multiple temples including: Main Angkor Wat, Bayon Temple, Baphuon Temple, Phimeanakas Temple, Ta Prohm Temple (also known as the Tomb Raider Temple bc of the movie) and on Sunday we went to Beng Mealea.
Some facts about Angkor Wat:
-Meaning City Temple it is Khmer architecture
-It is the largest religious building in the world and is a world heritage site
-It was made for King Suryavaman 2 in the early 12th century and was originally dedicated to the hindu god vishnu but eventually became a buddhist temple.
-in 1860 the french discovered the temple and the native people living in the forest didnt know who made it and thought that it was made by the gods.
Beng Mealea is actually older than Angkor Wat and was originally going to be the main temple until the king changed the site. It was really fun to explore on SUnday because you are allowed to go wherever you want and it is just falling apart.
I made a fun video for you all to watch, it has pictures from the temples, some takes of us goofing around making LAUREN CROFT TOMB RAIDER. I had a great time making it sooo enjoy.