Chinese New Year 2014 – Siem Reap, Cambodia

Happy year of the Horse.  May you have a happy, fulfilling and prosperous  year.

Below are pictures of Charlotte Elizabeth Janet and Conrad James Stevenson taken between: 1st February and 8th February 2014.

For Chinese New Year we flew from Hong Kong to Siem Reap in Cambodia to do something we’ve been meaning to do for years and years.  Visit the Angkor Wat Temples.  Most of the Temples are Hindu Temples that over time have been re-purposed as Buddhist Temples.

We spent our first day chilling by the pool.  We spent Lottie’s birthday visiting a local market then going to a cooking class.  We then spent 3 days exploring temples followed by two days  again chilling by the pool.

On our return Susan had a day of packing and then headed to the UK to take up her new job starting Monday 10 February.2014.  Peter, Lottie and Conrad will follow her in July 2014 once the 2013/2014 school year completes.  In between then we’ll be travelling to an fro between the UK and Hong Kong.

Key places we visited:

  • Sunset at Ankor Wat.  Angkor Wat was built in the early to mid 12th century. King Suryavarman constructed Angkor Wat like a mountain with 9 towers which can be seen from a far.  It was dedicate to Hindu God Vishnu and wasKing Suryavarman tomb after he died.
  • Lake Tonle Sap and Kompoung Pluk and the Temples of Rolous – Preah Ko Bakong  and Lo Lei.  On the way to Lake Tonle Sap and Kompoung Pluk we first stopped at a local market.  Kompoung Pluk a lakse side village where the houses are built on poles 6m to 10m above the water to avoid flooding during the Monsoon season.  We then visited the Temples of Rolous – Preah Ko Bakong  and Lo Lei.
  • Pre Rup, Banteay Srei, Neakpoan and Preah Khan Temples.  Banteay Srei which was built in the second half of the 10th century and dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva. Banteay Srei basically means “citadel of the women”.
  • Ta Prohm and Bayon.  Ta Prohm is a jungle temple with big tall trees that grow on the this late 12 century, temple for the ancestor of the great king Jayavarman VII.  Bayon was built in the centre of the city of Angkor Thom. It is famous for the smiling faces of Buddhisatva Lokesvara (more likely the smiling faces of King Jayavarman VII himsel!)

 

CNY 2014 – Photo Gallery
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Chilling in Siem Reap

Lottie’s 13th Birthday Monday 3rd February 2014

 

Sunset at Ankor Wat

Lake Tonle Sap and Kompoung Pluk