Angkor Wat is up with those stairs???

17 Feb

Our local guide couldn't believe the carvings were made by man. What I couldn't believe was that the steps were made by Cambodians. Not renowned for their height (modern malnutrition – an interesting phrase in itself – means that many are shorter than they should be) the Cambodians managed to make steps for giants.

Some of the places we visited you had to 'climb' rather than 'walk' up. How could such a nation of short people make such impractical staircases for their temples and palaces? The mind boggles. You get used to it in Holland – where skinny houses have steps the size of small children but it’s not as if the ancient Khmers were short of space..





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