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The monuments of the Angkor group are built up in stone, most of them without any cementing mortar (compare this with the Great Pyramid). Nine out of ten among the monuments are religious edifices. One should not visit too many monuments at a time; look at leisure, without fatigue or haste. One should let oneself be penetrated by the charm emanating little by little from these ruins, which are so enigmatical and disconcerting at first sight, so distant from us, so opposed to our ways and understanding. It is preferable to visit monuments in the tropics in the early morning, at the first light. After nine a.m., under the glaring sun, the charm of the visit is broken by the heat and fatigue is felt.


-- Notebooks Category 15: The Orient > Chapter 4: Ceylon, Angkor Wat, Burma, Java > # 8






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