Friday, 7 June 2013

Visit to an UNESCO site

The team had the privilege of visiting one of the UNESCO sites  in the world, the Angkor Wat Temple Complex. We left homestay at 5am in order to catch the sunrise at the Angkor Wat Temple. We were not the only ones the checkpoint, where we had to purchase our admission tickets. There were already several other tourist waiting in the queue. The one-day pass, personalised with our photo, cost US$20. We were surprised to learn that the entire complex is managed by the Vietnamese. Mr Khorn gave us a real comprehensive brief of the murals on the vast walls. We learnt that Angkor Wat is dedicated to the three principal Hindu Gods, namely Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva.

The team next visited the Angkor Thom Complex, which we learnt is even bigger than Angkor Wat. This temple is dedicated to Buddha. There are 54 four-face Buddha structures in the main temple complex.

Our next stop was the Ta Prohm or Bayon Temple. Most would know this as the location where the movie "Tomb Raider" was filmed

We had our first lunch out at a restaurant that is next to the Old Market. The team requested for time to go across and grab more stuff, which we acceded.

We added another stop, back to the Countryside Children Organisation orphanage later in the afternoon. The team was quite moved by the plight of the orphans and donated another 50kg of rice and 100 cans of sardine. We also gave about S$200 cash in donation to the orphanage.

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