First Day on Site 01/06/2015

When they say Angkor Wat is the world’s largest religious building there is no exaggeration. When they say it is crowded in the dry season there is no exaggeration. We drove past on our way to another part of the Angkor Archaeological Park where the WMF visitor center is located.

Preah Khan is smaller but still very impressive. It was interesting seeing in its full context a building I had read about repeatedly in the last few months. I was unsure of how much I would remember of the material I was given to read so it was a relief to me when I found that I did remember a good deal of it. I was able to recognize the iconography but the most pleasing to me was that I was able to tell the difference between the two types of stone that are used in the construction. I do not feel as confident in my technical knowledge as I am in my skill at visitor services and my understanding of public history. A large part of my interest in coming here this month was the opportunity to test my capacities both professionally and personally to see if I really am capable of taking on what I am so keen to do.

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