Treasure Island

john tiong chunghoo

(Jan 21,1960 / NEW YORK)

Travel Haiku - Angkor Wat Temple (Seam Reap, Cambodia)


Angkor Wat Temple
i am trapped between
modernity and antiquity

Angkor Wat Temple
bits and pieces my thoughts
the broken pillars lying behind

Angkor Wat Temple
devotees praying to
a headless buddha

Angkor Wat Temple
supporting the perfection
jagged stones

Angkor Wat Temple
above the perfect corridors
jagged stones intersect

Undeniably, Angkor Wat Temple is the most well-known of all Cambodian temples. The entire temple is encircled by a four-foot-wide,570-foot-long moat, and the interior is lined with extensive exquisitely detailed, recently restored bas relief sculptures. It's the country's best-preserved historical site, a prime example of classical Khmer architecture, and has served as a significant religious center for both Hinduism and Buddhism

Submitted: Monday, April 26, 2010
Edited: Tuesday, April 27, 2010

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