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Eyal hails from Israel  where he works hard half the year, saving to spend the other half of the year using Thailand as a base to travel throughout South East Asia.  Eyal has had a strong interest insubmission writing and photography and has corresponded with me for years, asking questions, taking notes, and working up to this submission.  Writing in a second language is never easy, and often it's very difficult.  For some of us impossible.  To keep such good records and document the trip so well, and then to put the work in to share with the readers is very much appreciated.  I hope to see more ofhis work grace future columns.  You can contact Eyal via email at lotfaifa@yahoo.com

 

 

When you visit this site it looks very impressive, but you need to look carefully.

Due to factors such as time, rain, weather, jungle growth, and human damage the state of preservation of the site requires constant attention that will take decades or more.

On this page I would like to mention the people who take part on conservation and restoration of Bayon. They deserve the credit for their unique work and effort takes years. The conservation and restoration work in the Bayon is completed and financed by the Japan government. JASA is the name of the organization.

 

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The restoration managed by JASA can be described as ver professional, impressive, and accurate. JASA has worked in Bayon for at least six or seven years.

Another project carried out by the Japanese is the library.

The library was completely dismantled and rebuilt. Each stone has been cataloged and measured. This project took several years to accomplish. This is just one building in Bayon’s huge complex and it took years. It will require many more years of effort and funding to maintain this special site.

 

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Here we can see more cultural elements which appear in the Bayon.

We have Apsara dancers and the priest Garuda.

 

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Similar to the ancient empires the Royal Residence Includes decorated walls with dozens of meters or more of sculptured stones discribing the story of battles. The most important battles are during the era pf King Jawaraman the Seventh.

The glory of the Khmer Army in the ancient times. What we are going to see is the war between the ancient Khmer kingdom against Cham kingdom (Vietnam).

In 1177 Cham invades Cambodia. There were 4 years of occupation. This event ended when the Khmer king killed the Cham king in battle. We can see from how close the Khmer army looked like the military units such as Infantry, Armored Corps (elephants), Navy, Archers, the uniform, the weapons, battles, and the prisoners.

 

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Sunset in the Bayon.

 

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Eyal -

Even though it’s obvious you struggle with English, you still give us a good look at these locations and enough information to understand the basics. This is really appreciated.

Yet, I’m sure there is much you could tell us if language wasn’t an issue. If you’d like to translate these pieces in your native language and with greater detail, I’ll post them on my site for even more people to enjoy.

Thank you Eyal