The monkey took a piece of fruit on the floor and ran to the seat of the motorcycle and sat down to eat. Monkeys filled the entrance of Bayon Temple as we were on the Tuk Tuk.
After leaving Angkor Wat, we took the Tuk Tuk towards Bayon Temple. We were greeted with statues at the gateway. Our tuk tuk driver gave us some time to explore the place before carrying on in Bayon Temple.
These statues stood the test of time, and many were destroyed because of the rain and weather; thus the texture. However, the authorities are also rebuilding the weathered statues. It’s not the same anymore, however that’s the best thing the 21st century could do.
Other than that, there was a queue outside for the elephant rides. That’s where you can get your elephant ride at. PS: if you really want an elephant ride, my favourite one is in Chiang Rai, Thailand.
Bayon Temple is huge. Like seriously HUGE. I think Temple Run got its inspiration from Bayon Temple. We explored the first few areas at the entrance and the different sectors. It was a huge maze; I almost lost Vale. Most of the parts are still under renovation to restore the former glory, but it was enough to look at. Additionally, it was about 8am then, and the sun lit the entire ruins in a very gorgeous warm colour. It was a beautiful moment that the camera could not capture.
Probably something I can never understand is how small the steps to the temples are. The steps are super tiny and steep that I really fear of falling and dying! Firstly, going up is quite a challenge because if you miss a step, you could fall. If that’s the case, going down has given me a lot of heart attack. Nonetheless, at the end of the whole day, I’m really brave at climbing steep steps. Conquering my fear with each place I travel to, seriously.
This Vale wouldn’t talk to me whenever we get to a cool place cause he only wanted to take nice pictures. To get his attention, here’s me photobombing his pictures.
Jumping in Bayon Temple
I wouldn’t say that looking at such historical structure is boring, but you can get bored after a while. After all, it’s really just a lot of temples. In the end, we end up playing. We climbed different structures (despite my fear of falling and dying), and attempted to scare each other. To be honest, my favourite moment is Angkor Wat is not the beautiful temples, but the fact that it’s an adult playground. I hope it’s legal to jump around :p
Vale climbed up to this structure first because I was afraid. The steps were even steeper than the previous ones. Nonetheless, I didn’t want to lose out so after a while, I just though “Oh what the hell. Let’s just go” and climbed up. I didn’t climb all the way up cause I wanted to scare him. It turns out, he was thinking of the exact same thing. He ended up jumping from bricks to bricks to scare me from behind while I waited by the stairs, thinking he would get down that way. We’re still little kids, too eager to grow up.
Rocks in Bayon Temple
If you still have not noticed, I’m absolutely obsessed with these rocks. The balance they have despite stacking above each other, the numerous lives walking past every day and countless of pictures taken, it still remains at balance. I just find that people should be like these rocks, maintaining inner peace and balance despite what others say, how people view you and those around you. One day, I will frame up a picture of these rocks and put in my bedroom. It’s a constant reminder to stay true to yourself and find inner peace within!
Bayon Temple is beautiful in its intricate design and carvings. Also, it was our playground where we jumped around and forget what it meant to be an adult.
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