Saturday, January 14, 2012

Angkor Thom, medical clinic, and Buddhist Monastery

Yesterday we visited Angkor Thom ( which translates to "The Great City" or "Capital"). It is approximately 825 years old. It is also the location where the movie Tomb Raider was shot. The massive trees that grew out of the stone structures were very impressive. In the afternoon we made our way to Ampil Clinic where we dropped off medical supplies. The clinic opened in 2007 and has an average of 150 customers/patients per day. They also have 130 women that they provide birth control to. Our evening was spent in a Buddhist monastery. The monks were gracious enough to put on a show for us. They went through their evening and morning chat ritual (video below). 

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Angkor Thom


Note the face carving between the root system

Massive Spung tree growing from the temple

Our two very knowledgeable guides that go everywhere with us

Ampil Clinic

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