|Naga at the Bridge|
|The Central (Royal) Gate at the Entrance Wall|
|Reflecting Pool at Angkor Wat Temple |
After walking through the entrance gate, you walk at least another 3 football fields to the reflecting pool and finally to the temple itself. Large outer corridors are covered with bas relief sculptures representing Hindu myths such as the Ramayana. Beyond are a series of platforms leading to the main five towers, the central and tallest of which represents Mount Meru, home of the Hindu gods. The stairway to the top tier was closed on this particular occasion because of a Buddhist holiday, but maybe that was fortunate for our travel-weary group.
|A Buddhist blessing|