Cambodia - Angkor

"Angkor is one of the most important archaeological sites in South-East Asia. Stretching over some 400 km2, including forested area, Angkor Archaeological Park contains the magnificent remains of the different capitals of the Khmer Empire, from the 9th to the 15th century. They include the famous Temple of Angkor Wat and, at Angkor Thom, the Bayon Temple with its countless sculptural decorations. UNESCO has set up a wide-ranging programme to safeguard this symbolic site and its surroundings. 

Angkor Wat covers 3 major sites - Angkor Wat Temple Complex,  Banteay Srei, Rolous Group

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Postcard 1A
Gate of Angkor Thom, Siem Reap, Cambodia. Thanks to Patrik of Estonia.

Postcard 1B
Aspara Angkow Wat - beautiful frieze in Angkor Wat, Siem Reap. Thanks to Raymond of Malaysia who was visiting Angkor Wat.

Postcard 1C - Angkor Wat
Nice postcard of Angkor Wat with beautiful stamps used. Thanks to Matthew of Malaysia was visiting there.

Postcard 1D
What a beautiful postcard of Angkor Wat. I had visited Angkor Wat and the many temples in Angkor. Was amazed by the beautiful sunrise and sunset amongst these majestic ruins of the Khmer empire. Thanks so much to Roel for sending from Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Postcard 1E
The King's smiling faces in all four directions of the famous Bayon Temple in the Angkor Wat temple complex. Thanks to Claus of Denmark who went bicycling around Cambodia.

Postcard 1F - Ta Prohm
I visited this famous Ta Prohm temple was "strangled" by the roots of giant trees. Thanks so much to Jo for sending from Angkor, Siem Reap Cambodia.

Postcard 1G
A night sunset view of Angkor Wat. Thanks to Pearljien of Malaysia who visited Angkor Wat and mailed this postcard from Malaysia.

Postcard 2A - Banteay Srei
I bought this postcard of Banteay Srei in Siem Reap and got it cancelled at Siem Reap Post Office on March 17, 2017.

Postcard 2B
Another Banteay Srei postcard that I bought.

Postcard 2C
Banteay Srei is famous for its intricate and elegant carving.

Postcard 3A - Rolous Group
Bakong Temple. I bought this postcard in Siem Reap in March 2017.

Postcard 3B - Rolous Group
Preah Ko Temple. Another postcard I found in Siem Reap.

Cambodia - Temple of Preah Vihear

"Situated on the edge of a plateau that dominates the plain of Cambodia, the Temple of Preah Vihear is dedicated to Shiva. The Temple is composed of a series of sanctuaries linked by a system of pavements and staircases over an 800 metre long axis and dates back to the first half of the 11th century AD. Nevertheless, its complex history can be traced to the 9th century, when the hermitage was founded. This site is particularly well preserved, mainly due to its remote location. The site is exceptional for the quality of its architecture, which is adapted to the natural environment and the religious function of the temple, as well as for the exceptional quality of its carved stone ornamentation.” Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Postcard 1
Preah Vihear with the Cambodia flag flying high as the area here is disputed by Thailand. Thanks to Titan of Cambodia.

Postcard 2
Ponleu Khmer Printing House of Preah Vihear. Laotian stamp of China Tiananmen used. Thanks to Ilona from Cambodia.

Postcard 3
A beautiful postcard of Temple of Preah Vihear of Cambodia. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site whose surrounding territory is disputed by Cambodia and Thailand. Nice colorful Cambodian stamps used including a matching UNESCO stamp of Temple Preah Vihear. Thanks so much to Victor of Singapore who was visiting Cambodia.

Postcard 4
I bought this postcard in Siem Reap and got this postcard cancelled at Siem Reap Post Office on March 17, 2017.

Postcard 5
I bought this postcard in Siem Reap.

Postcard 6
I bought this postcard in Siem Reap.

Postcard 7
I bought this postcard in Siem Reap.

Postcard 8
I bought this postcard in Siem Reap.

Postcard 9
I bought this postcard in Siem Reap.

Postcard 10
This is a black and white and more expensive postcard of Preah Vihear that I bought at the gift shop in Siem Reap National Museum.

Turkey - Archaeological Site of Ani

"This site is located on a secluded plateau of northeast Turkey overlooking a ravine that forms a natural border with Armenia. This medieval city combines residential, religious and military structures, characteristic of a medieval urbanism built up over the centuries by Christian and then Muslim dynasties. The city flourished in the 10th and 11th centuries CE when it became the capital of the medieval Armenian kingdom of the Bagratides and profited from control of one branch of the Silk Road. Later, under Byzantine, Seljuk, and Georgian sovereignty, it maintained its status as an important crossroads for merchant caravans. The Mongol invasion and a devastating earthquake in 1319 marked the beginning of the city’s decline. The site presents a comprehensive overview of the evolution of medieval architecture through examples of almost all the different architectural innovations of the region between the 7th and 13th centuries CE."

Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Archaelogical site of Ani, Turkey. Thanks to Almila of Turkey.

Norway - Bryggen

"Bryggen, the old wharf of Bergen, is a reminder of the town’s importance as part of the Hanseatic League’s trading empire from the 14th to the mid-16th century. Many fires, the last in 1955, have ravaged the characteristic wooden houses of Bryggen. Its rebuilding has traditionally followed old patterns and methods, thus leaving its main structure preserved, which is a relic of an ancient wooden urban structure once common in Northern Europe. Today, some 62 buildings remain of this former townscape." Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Postcard  1
Bryggen - BergenThanks HH of Japan for sending this postcard.

Postcard 2 
Pictureque streets of Bergen, Norway. Thanks to Mette of Bergen.

Postcard 3
Nice view of Bergen. Received in May 2016. Thanks.

Postcard 4
Bergen. Thanks to Melanie of Oslo, Norway.

Russia - Architectural Ensemble of the Trinity Sergius Lavra in Sergiev Posad

"This is a fine example of a working Orthodox monastery, with military features that are typical of the 15th to the 18th century, the period during which it developed. The main church of the Lavra, the Cathedral of the Assumption (echoing the Kremlin Cathedral of the same name), contains the tomb of Boris Godunov. Among the treasures of the Lavra is the famous icon, The Trinity, by Andrei Rublev." Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Postcard 1
Awesome lightning view of Trinity Lavra of St Sergius in Sergiev Posad, Russia - a UNESCO World Heritage. Nice black penny themed stamp used. Thanks to Julia of Russia.

Postcard 2
The Assumption Cathedral is one of the many beautiful Russian Cathedrals of the Orthodox Russian Christianity which is located in Sergei Possad - a small town outside of Moscow. It is listed as UNESCO WHS. Thanks Lesley for sending me this beautiful card during your tour in Russia.

Postcard 3
Refectory with Church of St Sergius of Radonezh and Church of St Micah. Thanks to Nikolay of Russia.

Laos - Town of Luang Prabang

"Luang Prabang is an outstanding example of the fusion of traditional architecture and Lao urban structures with those built by the European colonial authorities in the 19th and 20th centuries. Its unique, remarkably well-preserved townscape illustrates a key stage in the blending of these two distinct cultural traditions.” Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Postcard 1
I visited Laos in February 2011 and mailed this postcard back to Penang, Malaysia.

Postcard 2

Postcard 3
Wat Xieng Thong, Luang Prabang. Thanks to Zhimin of China.

Postcard 4
Wat Xieng Thong in Luang Prabang, Laos. Thanks to Wong of China who visited Luang Prabang in February 2017.

Postcard 5
A wonderful Laos postcard showing the morning alms at Luang Prabang. Thanks to Hanne of Denmark who was visiting Laos.