• BANTEY CHHMAR
  • BANTEY CHHMAR
  • BANTEY CHHMAR

BANTEY CHHMAR

We have come to Thmar Puok to partner with RACHA . This NGO, mainly dedicated to maternity and children healthcare issues, has a water department which, in this occasion, has opened a water station in this village. Through Waters will collaborate in the inauguration with our photo exhibition and the development of workshops dedicated to water.
When we got here, RACHA’s team and some of the guests were about to have lunch and they invited us to join. We showed up sweated, full of land and very tired, we made a strong contrast with the perfectly ironed shirts that everyone (but us) wore. Despite this, nobody made any comments (really polite people) and they even invited us to visit Banteay Chhmar temple.
They took us to the temple by car; yes, read it again: by car. We washed ourselves a bit (previewing the proximity of passengers) and we got inside… air conditioner, soft seats… and engine.
We had thought about going there after the workshops but, seeing the way to Thmar Puok, we had our doubts. We enjoyed every kilometre sat in the car, looking the dust outside conquering air that we wouldn’t breathe.
BANTEY CHHMAR
Banteay Chhmar is said to be the third most important Angkorian temple from the times of Jayavarman VII. It is surrounded by a baray of 1,6 km x 900m, where one can find 56 towers in which people believe the enigmatic smiley faces from Bayon were practised. This temple shows the best restoration status in this area and, although it was one of the most sacked, one can still look at uniquebas-relief of Avalokteshvara.
AVALOKTESHVARA
After a great trip, we set up the exhibition and left everything ready to start our activity in Thmar Puok.

Date: Feb 24 Skills: ISL - LSE, ON WHEELS, the route

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