Old temple in Siem Reap
Leaving India, I expectedly travel to the country of Cambodia. Cambodia is found in southern Asia, located between Thailand and Vietnam. It has an estimated population of 15,500,000 people, and a size of roughly 70,000 square miles. This country is relatively poor, with a nominal GDP per capita of about $1,080. As 90% of the population is Khmer, their official language is Khmer. The ruins that I will be visiting are located in the older town of Siem Reap, Cambodia. These ruins, unlike some of the others that I have visited, have not been renovated or polished up. The ruins show their obvious signs of aging and tarnish. Some of the temple remains are nearly unrecognizable, but the original beauty and grandeur is still plainly apparent. The domed monolith raising from the centre of the compound shows extreme architectural prowess and is quite the impressive sight, especially next to the stone engravings on each of the surfaces. They depict things ranging from battles to literature. The craftsmanship is breathtaking. Although the foliage has been removed for viewing purposes, it still has the aura of something overrun with plant life and forgotten by time and society. From this point on, I will be winging it, as I planned to end my trip at this point, but I desire to push forward a little longer. I will research any other places I could potentially visit.