The Hall of Dancers at Preah Khan
Preah Khan has more unusaul architectures than any other temples in the Angkor complex, an example of such is the two-storey building with round columns just to the left here.
As much as a temple as a university, at its peak it is the centre of activities for 100,000 servants, students, teachers and buddhist monks in the early 12th century.
This pile of rubbles here probably is part of the Hall of Dancers, a large part of it is still left standing though.
Preah Khan located in the northeastern corner of Angkor is less visited but in my opinion boasts some...
Taken inside the third enclosure between the Hall of Dancers and the east entrance to the main buildi...
Preah Khan was built on the site of Jayavarman VII's victory over the invading Chams in 1191. Unusual...
Preah Khan tempel
Asia is the biggest continent on Earth, a darling little gem floating around in space.
Hm, what is Asia? Who's in on it?
China and India are safe bets for Asian nations. Korea, Japan, Thailand, you're fine.
Europe? No. Europe would sort of be on the "Asian continent" if not for those pesky Ural mountains dividing things up in the middle, and then also the whole lineage of kings and wealth and nations and the EU and all that "give me my respect" stuff.
Russia would probably be happiest as its own continent, so for now we'll leave it in "Eurasia" and just hope the natural gas supplies keep flowing.
Pakistan and Afghanistan are dang close to Asia, but politically they show up in "Middle East" news stories an awful lot. Verdict: Eurasia.
I guess we'll actually have to consider everything from Turkey on eastward to be "Eurasian", although the moniker seems overlappitory of the territory.
The Asian economy is now officially raging like a wild furnace of lava that consumes everything in its path. Japan has had the largest individual economy in Asia for decades, but it is forecast that both India and China will outstrip Japan within twenty years.
China is the largest holder of United States debt and is positioned to become the world's next superpower, provided that Godzilla doesn't return and decide to stomp everybody back into the Shang Dynasty.
Text by Steve Smith.