The Magic of Angkor Wat

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The Magic of Angkor Wat One of the world’s most beautiful destinations is Angkor Wat, “the Pagoda of the City” in Angkor, Cambodia. Once a funerary monument built by a vast army of slaves, builders and craftsmen who labored to quarry, transport and haul the stone into place and create the numerous statues and carvings adorning almost every inch of the complex, Angkor Wat now stands a surreal testament to a once-superior civilization who enjoyed a palpable appreciation for art. Understanding Angk
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  The Magic of Angkor Wat One of the world’s most beautiful destinations is Angkor Wat, “the Pagoda of the City” inAngkor, Cambodia. Once a funerary monument built by a vast army of slaves, builders andcraftsmen who labored to quarry, transport and haul the stone into place and create thenumerous statues and carvings adorning almost every inch of the complex, Angkor Wat nowstands a surreal testament to a once-superior civilization who enjoyed a palpableappreciation for art. Understanding Angkor Wat Formerly a capital city serving more than one million people, Angkor Wat was also areligious center and the main building in the Angkor complex. Built by King Suryavarman IIsomewhere between 1113 and1150, the sandstone construction of Angkor Wat lasted 37years, spreading over three levels and surrounded by four protective walls.Angkor Wat was built to represent the entire universe, with a center tower symbolizing thecenter of the universe, five towers symbolizing the five peaks of Mount Sumeru, the outerwall representing the end of the world and the surrounding moat representing thesurrounding ocean. Originally, the uppermost level of Angkor Wat was a holy place, withaccess restricted to the high priest and the King. The Legendary Beauty of Angkor Wat When one visits Angkor Wat in the morning, the light is luminescent, highlighting the beautyof the bas-reliefs that embellish the structure. In the evening, the towers turn to gold as thebrilliant sun slowly sets. Twilight often serves as a backdrop for millions of bats who exit themonument for an evening’s flight, leaving visitors with a spectacular sight that appears atfirst to be huge columns of smoke rising and dispersing in the wind.During the Angkor complex’s most glorious period, the Khmer Empire reached its pinnacleas a supreme power in Southeast Asia. Today, one can still feel the might of that nation andquickly comprehend the strengths that combined to build this blazing monument to religiousdevotion. Although we will never know the names of those who toiled so long, Angkor Watstill stands today to tell the story of the people, customs and culture that once filled thismagical place. Join Noble-Quest in Angkor Wat If Angkor Wat sounds like one of those rare, stunning wonders you simply must experiencefor yourself, your chance has come. Through a charitable foundation, twenty-five fortunatemen and women have the unusual opportunity to partake in a two-week expedition toCambodia and Vietnam that holds the potential to change lives. Noble-Manhattan Coaching,one of Europe’s longest established coach training companies founded by CEO GerardO’Donovan, presents Noble-Quest.   From October 19 to 31, 2008,   Noble-Quest will travelwith twenty-five adventurous men and women on an exotic Southeast Asian adventure toraise money for the charitable Noble Foundation and to offer participants the extraordinaryopportunity to walk amongst ancient structures, bask in the beauty of distant lands andbetter understand Vietnamese and Cambodian cultures. Joining the group is Scott Milway,trained by the Deepak Chopra organization in Primordial Sound Meditation and ready to leaddaily meditations for the group.If your idea of the perfect vacation includes adventure, fitness, culture and spirituality... thechance to glimpse a stunning destination of natural beauty, unusual culture, and rarely seen  ancient artifacts... communing with your peers in a satisfying environment of deep spiritualenergy and physical activity... support from experienced world travelers...please contactNoble-Quest to reserve your special spot for this momentous journey.   
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