For my second day of the A to Z challenge, I have another set of photos – this is in danger of becoming a theme!
Living in Hong Kong I’m incredibly blessed to have South East Asia on my doorstep. There are exotic destinations and fascinating new countries waiting to be discovered just a short plane ride away. I thought I would share one of my discoveries with you – Bayon Temple.
This is one of the many temples in Cambodia, near the infamous Angkor Wat. It’s a buddhist temple, and it looks like a cluster of stone towers, each supporting 3 or 4 enormous smiling faces of buddha. We went there for the sunrise, arriving in the dark of night when it was pitch black, and sitting alone in the middle of the temple (everyone else was at the more famous Angkor Wat) As the sun rose, the stone faces appeared all around us, smiling down on us, with the pink sky in the background. It was an incredible experience.
It’s one of the most peaceful, tranquil places I have ever been and I absolutely loved it – it was my favourite temple in Cambodia (and there are a lot!)
But of course the writer part of my brain was also busy cataloguing all it could, because I think it would make a fantastic backdrop for a scene or for a short story. The idea of a temple, where everywhere you look, everywhere you turn, there are more and more stone faces looking at you could work in so many ways.
It could very easily be given a very dark undertone, stone faces smiling down at something terrible or gruesome happening. A descent into madness. The phrase ‘killing with kidness’ came to mind – cold, smiling, kindness. Not sure what it says about me that in the midst of a beautiful, peaceful experience I’m making up dark sects, paranormal activity and dramatic deaths but we’ll just breeze over that, shall we?
Anyway since it’s also Camp NaNoWriMo, I thought I’d share these photos, should they inspire anyone with their writing. If I have time this month (so much on already – oof!) I might post a flash piece taking place in the temple, but feel free to use the photos for inspiration if you think they might help! (do let me know what you do with them, I always find it fascinating how different minds get completely different stories from the same images / prompts)
Oh and just because this is pretty cool, another temple we visited is called Ta Prohm and it’s where Tomb Raider was filmed! Yes, of course I pretended to be Lara Croft (no, there is no pictorial evidence of that).