28 DAYS: ADVENTURES FOR THE SOUL.
Dear fellow Soul Searchers,
You wouldn’t believe the spirit-filled day I had!
We ran out of the hotel at 5am, sharp, and headed to Angkor Wat in the starry night for the most anticipated adventure of the journey! We were on our way to watch the sunrise at a 900 year-old temple. (AAAHHHHH-WHOA-AWE-STRUCK-OUT-OF-THIS-WORLD-AMAZINGNESS!)
For those of you who don’t know about the Kingdom of Angkor, let me brief you:
The Angkor Archeological Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a magical ancient city built in the 12th century. The walled kingdom of Angkor Thom (which encompasses all the temples, below) was first brought into the limelight when Angelina Jolie filmed Tomb Raider, which was shot at various locations in the Angkor ruins.
The word “Angkor” means temple in the Khmer language.
Angkor Wat is where we went before the light of day to watch one of the most revered sunrises in the world! It is the top tourist attraction in Cambodia; the most magnificent and largest of all the Angkor temples!
It was built by King Suryavarman II. With its five lotus-like towers rising 65 metres into the heavens, it’s truly an awe-inspiring sight! What makes it one of the most magnificent monuments in the world is the temple’s balance, composition and beauty.
Later in the morning, we visited the Bayon and Ta Prohm Temples which are most renowned as the “other” temples in the Angkor Park.
The iconic Bayon Temple features 216 massive stone faces looking in all directions, resembling recognizable features associated with ancient Khmer architecture. Moreover, these faces are all smiling happily, which makes the experience that much sweeter!
Ta Prohm is a sprawling ancient Buddhist monastery and university built in the 12th and 13th centuries. Picture: Tomb Raider, wild jungle and friendly orange-robed monks surrounding you! Cool, right? It’s most distinguishable by its gigantic trees that reach up as far as my eyes can see! The trees’ massive roots have grown to intertwine with stones, probing walls and terraces! Nature’s power is incredible!
The last stop for the day was Pre Rup’s pyramid-shaped temple where we had the privilege of watching (and meditating in front of) the perfect coral sun setting over the Cambodian countryside.
I wish I could tell you everything I witnessed and learned today, but it would take me from morning to night to finish up.
So I’ll leave you with this:
Whether the sun rises from the ruins of Angkor Wat or sets into the desolate horizon beyond Cambodia’s ancient stories, I am lead by my heart and thrown into an unnerving sense of peace and abundant prayer:
WE ARE HERE TO ENABLE THE DIVINE PURPOSE OF THE UNIVERSE TO UNFOLD. THAT IS HOW IMPORTANT WE ARE.
Cambodia, thank you for you delicate whisperings of meaning, spirituality, a humble people and deeply rooted heritage.