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Trees of Ta Prohm

One of my favourite sites was Ta Prohm, where most of the temple is overgrown by huge trees. Due to the massive roots which spread in all directions, some parts of the temple are severely damaged. This place is a fantastic showcase of how beautiful nature can be…

We came in from the west entrance.

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Not a Bad Thing

 

So don’t act like it’s a bad thing to fall in love with me.

Walking the Royal Palace and Terrace

After descending from Baphuon, we followed along the pathway that took us to the north. Here we found the Phimeanakas, Leper King Terrace and Terrace of the Elephants. The terrace is pretty much like the front wall of the royal palace. It’s heavily decorated with elephant sculptures and bas-reliefs. Behind the terrace is a private area of the ancient kings.

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Phimeanakas

The side entrance that leads us to Phimeanakas. Legend has it that Phimeanakas is the temple which a naga lived. At night time the naga would change into a woman and the king was obliged to make love with it to prevent Angkor from being destroyed by calamity.

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A Giant Puzzle Baphuon

After Bayon, we headed to Baphuon. Situated north of Bayon, Baphuon is truly an astonishing spectacle. It has more than ten chambers at its base. Built in the 11th century before Angkor Thom was even established by king Udayadityavarman II, dedicated to Siva (Hindu) and is the second largest temple in the city.

There is a 200 m long causeway raised on sturdy pillars leading to the temple. The temple is multi-tiered and warrants a bit of exploration, as long as you are up for the very steep stairs.

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The first, third and fifth tier were crowned by galleries, as well as tower-like door and corner pavilions. Twelve stairways also ran from the third to the fifth tier. A rectangular sandstone wall measuring 425 by 125 metres encloses the temple.

We followed the sign and started exploring the temple. The central tower was quite high, it was quieter than Bayon and there was a lovely view across Angkor Thom and into the surrounding wilderness.

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Properly reconstructed stairs built under the conservation program by the French. Just a word of caution, the steps are really steep, those with trouble of mobility should give this a miss.

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Responsorial Psalm

1st Sunday of Lent, the day I sang the psalm solo (cantor). We were the new batch of cantors trained to sing the responsorial psalm within the Liturgy of the Word during mass.

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Have mercy on us, O Lord, for we have sinned. – Psalm 51

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