I woke up at 4am to catch the sunrise at Angkor Wat. At 5am, I boarded the Tuk Tuk I charted for the trip to Angkor Wat. As a first time visitor to the Angkor Temples, I knew a hindsight to the little histories of the temple since visiting the Angkor National Museum yesterday. Angkor Wat isn't just the main temple but a small part of the temples. Compared to Angkor Thom, the 'Big Brother' is 4 times larger that Angkor Wat (measuring at least 4km at the longer edge).
Reaching Angkor Wat, I was advised to walk in, where I can catch the sunrise at 6.30am. As I walked in, I recognize 'Naga', the seven-headed serpent protector of Buddha. Ticket control was present to check tickets for entry.
The journey to Angkor Wat was through a stone pathway cutting through the temple moat. Walking through, one can feel the peace and serenity of its surroundings. A calm wind blew from the east as I walked closer and closer to my destination.
Passing by an entrance, I spot the dark silhouette of the Angkor Wat. Beside the path, there was a large field surrounding the pathway for visitors to take the world famous Angkor Wat Sunrise pictures.
As the sun rose, the sun shined beneath the one of the world's great wonders, the Angkor Wat. The silhouette form from the sun made it seem like a dream and I stood staring at it for quite awhile, while snapping pictures after pictures.
Walking in, I passed the great west entrance of the temple where a long outer corridor greeted me. Covered with ancient drawings depicting stories of the past, the corridor is a great place to slowly stroll in.
Past the corridor, I entered the inner portion where large washing basins are held. These washing basins collect rainwater, for use in the temple. In one of the corridors around the basin, there was a religious statue where a few monks gathered to give prayers. Visitors were also welcomed to visit the monks to receive a blessing, with a donation of course.
I made my way to the east entrance of the temple to view the quiet side of Angkor Wat. It is said that the Eastern gate represents the death gate, where the dead leaves. The Western gate is where the living enters. From there, I strolled along the corridors to understand more about Angkor's Rich history. In the stories, it mentioned that there were many battles fought, where people became great, where their work bear fruit after long periods of battle. With the inscriptions worn out and weathered, one can feel the aged of the temple as with its extensive history during its existence. Well, that's all based on what I inferred from the inscriptions.
From there, I walked back to the basins to take a break. Temple fever rose and I left the temple. It was 7.30am, I was too early and went about to grab a drink at the nearby stall. Prices were expensive compared to the town area, where food ranged from $6 onwards. Drinks were slightly more affordable, where a natural coconut cost only $2.
Soon I boarded the Tuk Tuk, where I journey next to Angkor Thom, the ancient capital of Angkor.