Day 2 Morning Tour (continue)

1. Phimeanakas

Phimeanakas ('celestial temple') is a Hindu temple built at the end of the 10th century, during the reign of Rajendravarman (from 941-968), then rebuilt by Suryavarman II in the shape of a three tier pyramid as a Hindu temple. On top of the pyramid there was a tower.

According to legend, the king spent the first watch of every night with a Naga
girl in the tower, during that time, not even the queen was permitted to intrude. Only in the second watch the king returned to his palace with the queen. If the naga who was the supreme land owner of Khmer land did not show up for a night, the king's day would be numbered, if the king did not show up, calamity would strike his land

2. Baphuon

Located to the northwest of the Bayon, the Baphuon is supposed to represent Mount Meru (sacred to Hinduism), and was one of the largest and grandest structures in Angkor. Built into the western face of the Baphuon is a giant reclining Buddha, added in the 15th century after the region converted from Hinduism to Buddhism.

Archaeologists had dismantled the Baphuon to perform renovation when they were interrupted by the civil war; the records for piecing the temple back together were subsequently lost or destroyed. Today it is undergoing painstaking reconstruction work, so visitors can only walk across the long terrace leading up to the main structure and around the outside base. Completion is estimated for 2010.

# Bridge to Terabithia... :-p

From Baphuon to Palilay, we saw some small temples but cover with grass...

3. Palilay

Very small temple covered with trees.... Very few tourist around.

# Old style of piping system

4. Terrace of the Leper King

# This is the sexless nude, it's another of Angkor's mysteries. The orginal of the statue is in Phnom Penh's national Museum, and various theories have been advanced to explain its meaning. Legend has it that at least two of the Angkor kings had leprosy, and the statue may represent one of them.

5. Terrace of the Elephant

The 350m long terrace of Elephants was used as a giant viewing stand for public ceremonies and served as a base for the king's grand audience hall.

Other temples around but we decided not to visit them as it's quite late already. We were hungry and tired.

# This one look like a small castle to me

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