We walked along this wall and entered the complex by a side gate.
And were greeted by a familiar sight -- people playing cards in public.
The grounds are beautiful and irenic, a wonderful place to spend a lovely Spring day.
The goldfish thought I was there to feed them. At least, I think that's what was on their minds.
A turtle suns itself on lotus leaves.
Three turtles and a frog.
Eventually we headed for the main temple.
When we left the outer grounds and entered the temples, the mood changed dramatically. These figures are meant to represent "devas" [demigods] who guard the temple. They certainly are fierce.
I noticed that the fierce, violent devas are portrayed as black-skinned, while the light skinned devas are peaceful and display a love of music. I wonder what the NAACP would say about that.
Inside the temples. I had started taking pictures when an elderly woman came up to me and signaled that photography inside the holy places was forbidden. I stopped, but didn't erase the images I already had.
Outside the temples it was quite another story -- there was no objection to photography and there was so much to shoot.
Interesting architectural detail,
More architectural details,
Doors and colonnades,
Moon gates. I avoided taking pictures of the monks going about their business. This guy stepped into the picture just as I snapped the shutter.
Religious texts, at least that's what I think they are.
Even the benches on which we rested made for interesting pictures,
Candles at a shrine,
There was more, much more, but eventually we had to get back on the bus and head for our next destination.