|UNESCO #668 - Apsara Temple, Angkor Wat - CAMBODIA|
Tuesday, April 08, 2014
Apsara, Angkor Wat - CAMBODIA - UNESCO #668
An Apsara is a female spirit of the clouds and waters in Hindu and Buddhist mythology. The Apsara temple walls in Angkor are covered with celestial dancers and heavenly women, there are more than two thousand, all different from each other. Each face has its own beauty and expression and every move is different. According to Du there's always a line to get near one of them known as "the Eastern Mona Lisa" because of the semblance to the famous Leonardo da Vinci painting. Thanks again Du for this amazing card and all the explanations. This postcard took 12 days to arrive!
Angkor is one of the most important archaeological sites in South-East Asia. Stretching over some 400 km2, including forested area, Angkor Archaeological Park contains the magnificent remains of the different capitals of the Khmer Empire, from the 9th to the 15th century. They include the famous Temple of Angkor Wat and, at Angkor Thom, the Bayon Temple with its countless sculptural decorations. UNESCO has set up a wide-ranging programme to safeguard this symbolic site and its surroundings.