Cambodia 5

Angkor Wat  Royal city of temples

In the Angkor monuments, I found the grand daily life of Cambodia. Extending the power

over northeastern Thailand up to Laos during many centuries from 9th to 15th, more than

1800 monuments have remained here. Of those monuments, the Angkor Wat represents

the top of Khmer architecture and has been revered as the manifest in the heavens above.


At the time when letters were not widespread, the royal dignity, religious teachings and

myths are minutely engraved in the bas-reliefs of the temple.  All of them are depicted in

the story comic style so that people will watch them like reading picture books.  Like the

Edo era in Japan, the culture can only be developed during stable times under a long period

of same rule, let alone the arts which can never be born otherwise. In that sense, the

Angkor Wat was truly great.


I’ve heard that the people in Cambodia know how to live joyfully for the moment, meaning

that they know how to enjoy the trivial matters and natural daily events while appreciating

given environment and using one’s ability to the maximum.  I feel that I learned the

profound meaning of the “enjoyment” from the smiles of the children in Cambodia. And, as

one of Japanese, I sincerely wish to pass it down to future generations while appreciating

and enjoying the current favorable environment.