This is the third installment of photos from Angkor that I took in October 2012. Unlike the previous two installments, each of which included photos from multiple sites, all of these photos come from the Angkor Wat. (While most people think of the entirety of the ancient city as Angkor Wat, in reality Angkor Wat is just a portion (granted a big and important portion) of what was the city of Angkor. “Wat” means temple, and this was the main (though by no means the only) temple in the ancient Khmeri capital.
This is part of a massive bas relief battle scene
You can see where someone gouged out a cube of the wall (lower right.)
One of the courtyards of the main temple building
There are hundreds of these on the site.
Courtyard as seen through a window with a couple pillars remaining
Ornate wall carvings abound
Between theft from the French, vandals, and the Khmer Rouge, most Angkor Wat Buddhas lack heads
Another wall carving roughed out
The main walk. There is a bridge across this moat which is contiguous with this grand walk.
These are symmetrically located to either side of the main walk.
Wet season was just ending when we visited. Standing water was ubiquitous.
Escargot like these may have been why the French colonized this country.