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Visit to Siem Reap Cambodia 2008

I went with my longtime friend Carolyn who had already visited Cambodia 3 other times...She arranged for Tony Re-al and Sethisak to accompany us to Siem Reap.. Not only did Sethi and Tony accompany, navigate and arrange the hotels, they were my models...Especially Sethi, who is an Opera Tenor...and a natural model as you will see in the gallery. By the way, Naga is a sort of Cobra snake used in Khmer symbolism, apsara are divine dancers, and Avalokiteshvara (Boddhisatva of Compassion) is one of the kings Jayavarman VII who built the Bayon Temple part of Angkor. Once a king dies he becomes a divine being (boddhisatva) and gets a new name designating his status. Bayon temple has 54 towers with 216 Faces of Avalokitesvara. Sculpture in the Bayon style is marked by intense spirituality. The serene, contemplative expressions of the figures reflect the humility and compassion associated with Buddhism, and perhaps even with Jayavarman VII himself. His concern for his people led to the construction of 102 hospitals, pilgrims' rest houses, bridges, and other public works. Sculpture of the time also became more individualized, as in the two heads thought to be portraits of Jayavarman VII and the possible portrait of his deceased wife, Queen Jayarajadevi in the guise of the Buddhist deity Tara.
Carolyn with the Naga at Angkor  Entrance
Carolyn with the Naga at Angkor Entrance
Sok Povan as an Apsara as Serene Goddess
Sok Povan as an Apsara as Serene Goddess
Sethi modelling at the  Bayon
Sethi modelling at the Bayon
Sethisak and Apsara after Angkor Light Show
Sethisak and Apsara after Angkor Light Show
Traditional Wedding Party
Traditional Wedding Party
Wedding Party Entering Angkor Wat
Wedding Party Entering Angkor Wat
Lesson in Hand Position
Lesson in Hand Position
Chinese Tourists with Angkorian Performers
Chinese Tourists with Angkorian Performers
Modern Apsara at Angkor
Modern Apsara at Angkor
Apsara at the Angkor Wat
Apsara at the Angkor Wat
Carolyn and Sethi with Apsaras
Carolyn and Sethi with Apsaras
Reenacters dressed in taditional Costumes in Bayon
Reenacters dressed in taditional Costumes in Bayon
Tony and Sethi
Tony and Sethi
Each Warrior has a different face!
Each Warrior has a different face!
Four sides of a tower, Avalokiteshvara
Four sides of a tower, Avalokiteshvara
Rubble :  raw material for building
Rubble : raw material for building
Me and Avalo
Me and Avalo
Sethi this is the best all around image of Avalokitesvara
Sethi this is the best all around image of Avalokitesvara
God of Compassion
God of Compassion
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824avlo.0633.copy.jpg
Warriors Carrying Naga
Warriors Carrying Naga
Seven Headed Naga
Seven Headed Naga
Sethi, Being Sethi In the Car
Sethi, Being Sethi In the Car
Sethi and the Bayon Temple
Sethi and the Bayon Temple
Bayon for Sethi...Also one of my favorite Smiles
Bayon for Sethi...Also one of my favorite Smiles
Sethi, This one has the best smile...
Sethi, This one has the best smile...
Posterized Version of Bayone
Posterized Version of Bayone
Bayon not Posterized
Bayon not Posterized
Bayon,Through a very large Doorway
Bayon,Through a very large Doorway
Bayon for Sethi...Also one of my favorite Smiles
Bayon for Sethi...Also one of my favorite Smiles
Bayone Entrance
Bayone Entrance
Massive doorway with Avalokitesvara peeking through
Massive doorway with Avalokitesvara peeking through
Avalokithevara
Avalokithevara
Benevolent Smile
Benevolent Smile
Avalokiteshvara
Avalokiteshvara
Avalokiteshvara
Avalokiteshvara
Gate to Ta Prom
Gate to Ta Prom
Apsara Frieze
Apsara Frieze
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780.birds.camb.0601.jpg
Out my hotel window
Out my hotel window
Orange Butterfly at Angkor Wat
Orange Butterfly at Angkor Wat
Praying for a good Performance
Praying for a good Performance
Shiva-like Buddha
Shiva-like Buddha
Larger than life Buddha made in the image of Shiva
Larger than life Buddha made in the image of Shiva
Temple Porticos
Temple Porticos
Angkor Stairway
Angkor Stairway
Massive Doorway with Tourists
Massive Doorway with Tourists
Angkor Wat Temple Portico
Angkor Wat Temple Portico
Sethi and the Apsara
Sethi and the Apsara
Naga With Sethi As My Model
Naga With Sethi As My Model
Sethi, Naga and Tony
Sethi, Naga and Tony
Portal for Apsara Dancers
Portal for Apsara Dancers
Stylized Elephants
Stylized Elephants
Elefant's Gate With Model!
Elefant's Gate With Model!
Elephant's Gate
Elephant's Gate
Wonderful Stonework At Angkor Wat
Wonderful Stonework At Angkor Wat
Partial Reconstruction of the Gate to Ta Prohm
Partial Reconstruction of the Gate to Ta Prohm
This Man is 6 foot tall
This Man is 6 foot tall
Ta Prom Temple
Ta Prom Temple
Ta Prom Temple
Ta Prom Temple
Tomb Raiders Locale and Duckweed
Tomb Raiders Locale and Duckweed
Tying it Back Together
Tying it Back Together
Ta Prom Ruins
Ta Prom Ruins
Giant Tree Roots At Ta Prom
Giant Tree Roots At Ta Prom
Boddhisatva of Compassion, Avalokiteshvara
Boddhisatva of Compassion, Avalokiteshvara
Bayon 54 towers with 216 Faces
Bayon 54 towers with 216 Faces
Entrance to Bayon
Entrance to Bayon
Skink in Bayon
Skink in Bayon
13th Century Wall at Bayon
13th Century Wall at Bayon
Horses, Chariots and Warriors
Horses, Chariots and Warriors
MotoBikers in the town of Siem Reap
MotoBikers in the town of Siem Reap