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Cambodia 2006 and 2012

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S: Cambodia 2012 and 2006

BC: 2006

FC: Cambodia Photographs by Paul A Gitman

1: Sunrise, Angkor Wat

2: Sunrise, Angkor Wat | 2006 | 2006 | Angkor Wat is a temple complex built by King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century as his state temple and capital city. It has remained a significant religious center since its foundation – first Hindu, dedicated to the god Vishnu, then Buddhist. In 1177, approximately 27 years after the death of Suryavarman II, Angkor was sacked by the Chams. The empire was restored by a new king, Jayavarman VII, who established a new capital and state temple (Angkor Thom and the Bayon respectively) a few kilometres to the north.

3: Angkor Wat

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8: Angkor Wat | Early morning sun, central temple complex

9: Angkor Temple sits at the top

10: 2006 | 2006 | 2006 | Inside the temple, Angkor Wat

11: 2006 | 2006 | Angkor Wat | 2006

12: Angkor Wat

13: Angkor Wat Late afternoon sun on cloudy day

14: Angkor Wat It's all about lighting

15: 2006 | 2006 | 2006 | Bakheng Hill for sunset

16: 2006 | 2006 | Bakheng Hill, sunset looking over Angkor Wat | Temple on Bakheng Hill

17: Angkor Thom | South Gate | Angkor Thom, (literally: "Great City"), was the last capital city of the Khmer empire. It was established in the late twelfth century by king Jayavarman VII. It covers an area of 9 km, within which are located several monuments from earlier eras as well as those established by Jayavarman and his successors. At the center of the city is Jayavarman's state temple, the Bayon, with the other major sites clustered around the Victory Square immediately to the north. | Victory Gate

18: South Gate Angkor Thom | 2006 | 2006 | 2006

19: Inside the South Gate | 2006 | 2006

20: 2006 | Bayon, Angkor Thom

21: Bayon | 2006 | 2006 | The Bayon is a Khmer temple built in the late 12th century or early 13th century as the official state temple of the Mahayana Buddhist King Jayavarman VII. The Bayon stands at the centre of Jayavarman's capital, Angkor Thom. Following Jayavarman's death, it was modified and augmented by later Hindu and Theravada Buddhist kings in accordance with their own religious preferences.

22: Bayon

23: Bayon | 2006 | 2006

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25: Bayon

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28: Bayon

30: Bayon

31: 2006 | Royal Palace, Angkor Thom | 2006

32: Terrace of the Leper King, Angkor Thom | 2006

33: 2006 | Terrace of the Elephants, Angkor Thom | 2006

34: Elephant Terrace

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36: Small temples on either side of Victory Way, across from Elephant Terrace, Angkor Thom

37: 2006 | 2006 | Ta Prohm | Outer entrance gate | Built in the Bayon style largely in the late 12th and early 13th centuries and originally called Rajavihara. It was founded by the Khmer King Jayavarman VII as a Mahayana Buddhist monastery and university. Jayavarman VII constructed Rajavihara in honor of his family

38: Ta Phrom

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43: 2006 | 2006 | Ta Prohm

44: Ta Prohm | 2006

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46: Pre Rup | 2006 | 2006 | Pre Rup was built as the state temple of Khmer King Rajendravarman and dedicated in 961 or early 962. It is a temple mountain of combined brick, laterite and sandstone construction.

47: 2006 | 2006 | Pre Rup

48: Sunset, Pre Rup

49: Pre Rup

50: Pre Rup at sunset

52: 2006 | 2006 | Banteay Kdei | Entrance Gate | Banteay Kdei, is a Buddhist temple and was built in the mid 12th to early 13th centuries AD during the reign of Jayavarman VII. It is in the Bayon architectural style, similar in plan to Ta Prohm and Preah Khan, but less complex and smaller.

53: 2006 | 2006 | 2006 | Banteay Kdei

54: Banteay Kdei

55: Banteay Kdei | 2006 | 2006 | 2006 | 2006

56: Preah Khan

57: Preah Khan | King Jayavarman VII, built Prah Khan as an interim royal residence and sanctuary pending the completion of the new city, Angkor Thom. It was built on the site of Jayavarman VII's victory over the invading Chams in 1191. The temple's wealth included gold, silver, gems, 112,300 pearls and a cow with gilded horns. The institution combined the roles of city, temple and Buddhist university: there were 97,840 attendants and servants, including 1000 dancers and 1000 teachers.

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59: Preah Khan | 2006 | 2006

60: Preah Khan

61: 2006 | Preah Khan | Entrance

62: Preah Khan | 2006 | 2006

63: Preah Khan

64: Neak Pean | 2006 | Some historians believe that Neak Pean represents Anavatapta, a mythical lake in the Himalayas whose waters are thought to cure all illness.Neak Pean was originally designed for medical purposes, as it is one of the many hospitals that Jayavarman VII built. It is based on the ancient Hindu belief of balance. Four connected pools represent Water, Earth, Fire and Wind. The ancients believed that going into these pools would balance the elements in the bather, thus curing disease. In the middle of the four healing ponds is the central water source. There is a statue of Balaha (Bodhisattva Guanyin transformed into a horse), as a symbol of drowning prevention.

65: Neak Pean | 2006

66: Ta Som | Ta Som is a small temple built at the end of the 12th century for King Jayavarman VII. The King dedicated the temple to his father who was King of the Khmer Empire from 1150 to 1160. The temple consists of a single shrine located on one level and surrounded by enclosure laterite walls.

67: Ta Som

68: Ta Som

69: Ta Som

70: Ta Som

71: Ta Keo was the state temple of Jayavarman V, son of Rajendravarman, who had built Pre Rup. Like Pre Rup, it has five sanctuary towers arranged in a quincunx, built on the uppermost level of five-tier pyramid consisting of overlapping terraces (a step pyramid). It is considered an example of the so-called Khleang style. It was never finished | Ta Keo

72: Ta Keo

73: 2006 | 2006 | Ta Keo

74: Ta Keo | 2006 | 2006 | 2006 | 2006

75: Chapel of the Hospital, Angkor The small shrine was originally associated with a now-vanished hospital (built in wood) of Jayavarman VII. | 2006

76: East Mobon | The East Mebon is a 10th Century temple built during the reign of King Rajendravarman, it stands on what was an artificial island at the center of the now dry East Baray reservoir. The East Mebon was dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva and honors the parents of the king. Built in the general style of Pre Rup, the East Mebon was dedicated in 953 A.D.

77: East Mobon

78: 2006 | East Mobon

79: Preah Kravan | Preah Kravan is small 10th century temple consisting of five reddish brick towers on a common terrace, south of the artificial lake or baray called Srah Srang. The temple was dedicated to Vishnu in 921 A.D., according to inscription on door jambs

80: 2006 | Preah Kravan

81: 2006 | 2006 | Preah Kravan

82: Thommanom | 2006 | Thommanon is a small temple built at the end of Suryavarman II's reign, around the middle of the 12th century.

83: Thommanom | 2006 | 2006

84: Banteay Srei | 2006

85: Banteay Srei | Consecrated in April, 967 A.D., Banteat Srei was the only major temple at Angkor not built by a monarch; its construction is credited to a courtier named Yajnavaraha, grandson of king Haravarman, who served as a counselor to king Rjendravarman II. Originally, the temple was surrounded by a town called Varapura. Yajñavarha's temple was primarily dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva

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87: 2006 | 2006 | Banteay Srei

88: Banteay Srei

89: Banteay Srei

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91: Banteay Srei | 2006

92: Banteay Srei

93: Preah Ko | 2006 | The Roluos Group is a collection of monuments representing the remains of Hariharalaya, the first major capital of the Angkorian-era Khmer Empire. It has become known as the ‘Roluos Group’ due to its proximity to the modern town of Roluos. The ancient capital was named for Hari-Hara, a synthesis of the Hindu gods Shiva and Vishnu. Though there was an existing settlement in the area before the rise of Angkor, Hariharalaya was established as a capital city by Jayavarman II and served as the Khmer capital for over 70 years under four successive kings. Setting the pattern for the next four centuries, the first great Khmer temples (Bakong, Preah Ko, Lolei) and baray (reservoir) were constructed at Hariharalaya. The last king at Hariharalaya, Yasovarman I, built the first major temple at Angkor, Phnom Bakheng, and moved the capital to the Bakheng area in 905 C.E. With the exception of a 20 year interruption in the 10th century, the capital would remain at Angkor until 1422 C.E | 2006 | Roluos Group

94: 2006 | Preah Ko, | Preah Ko was one of the first major temples of the empire. It was here that the 500-year Khmer civilisation began. Preah Ko was built by Indravarman I at his capital city of Hariharalaya (the former name of Roluos). At the time it was built, Preah Ko was surrounded by a moat. Preah Ko (Sacred Bull) derives its name from the statues of bulls at the front of the central towers. | 2006

95: Lolei | 2006 | 2006 | Lorei was the last major temple built at Roluos before Yasovarman I moved the capital to the Angkor area.

96: 2006 | 2006 | Lolei | lintel carvings displaying the distinctively detailed Preah Ko style

97: Bakong | 2006 | 2006 | Bakong was constructed In the 9th century AD, and it served as the official state temple of King Indravarman I. Bakong represents the first application of the temple-mountain architectural formula on a grand scale and set the architectural tone for the next 400 years. The temple displays a very early use of stone rather than brick. Though begun by Indravarman I, Bakong received additions and was expanded by later kings.

98: Bakong | 2006 | 2006

99: Wat Preah Prom Rath, Siem Reap | 2006

100: 2006 | 2006 | 2006 | Wat Preah Prom Rath, Siem Reap | Wat Preah Prohm Rath is relatively new, having been founded in 1915. The main vihara was constructed in 1945. The wat was built in honor of Preah Ang Chang-han Hoy, who lived from 1358 until 1456

101: 2006 | 2006 | Monks, Siem Reap

102: 2006 | 2006 | Wat Damnak, Siem Reap | The living Buddhist monastery Wat Damnak used to be a royal palace during the reign of King Sisowath. Nowadays Wat Damnak is home to the Centre of Khmer Studies which is an independent institution promoting a greater understanding of Khmer culture. It contains the largest public academic library in Cambodia outside of Phnom Penh.

103: Wat Damnak, Siem Reap | 2006 | 2006

104: 2006 | 2006 | 2006 | Wat Preah An Kau Saa, Siem Reap

105: Small village outside of Siem Reap. Women demonstrating how to make palm sugar candies

106: Rubber Trees | A family outing, Sean Reap | Typical homes built on stilts

107: Wat Thmei (Pagoda of the Killing Fields), near Siem Reap | 2006 | 2006

108: Floating Village, near Siem Reap | 2006 | 2006 | 2006 | 2006

109: Mekong sunset, Kompong Cham Cambodia

110: Mekong sunset over bamboo bridge, Kompong Cham Cambodia

112: Wat seen while sailing the Mekong | Early morning, Kompong Cham, bamboo bridge

113: Transportation to Wat Hanchey | Wat Hanchey | The oldest part of Wat Hanchey dates from the 7th or 8th century, before the glory days of the Khmer empire. It’s a weather-worn red brick edifice but crowded all around are more recent temples, pagodas, stupas, houses and statues. The statues are weird; they depict mythical heroes and creatures, wild and domestic animals, a huge variety of fruit

114: Wat Hanchey

115: Wat Hanchey

117: Wat Hanchey

119: Wat Hanchey

120: Child from the village of Angkor Ban | Monk from Wat Hanchey blessing us on the Jahan's upper deck.

121: Children from Angkor Ban

122: Buddhist Temple, Village of Angkor Ban

123: Angkor Ban | Village of Angkor Ban. Typical houses on stilts.

124: Our ship, the Jahan at sunset

125: Sunset, near Angkor Ban

127: Kampong Chhnang

128: Cashew, Kampong Chhnang

129: Kampong Chhnang, demonstration of methods of collecting material for palm sugar | Kampong Chhnang, pottery production

130: Kampong Chhnang | Open air market

131: Village and temple of Kampong Tralach

132: Kampong Tralach

134: First light, Kampong Tralach

135: Sunrise, Kampong Tralach

136: Phnom Penh

137: The Independence Monument. Built in 1958 for Cambodia's independence from France in 1953. | Wat Ounalom

138: Royal Palace, Phnom Penh

143: Royal Palace, Phnom Penh

144: National Museum, Phnom Penh

145: Choeung Ek Killing Fields, The Killing Fields of Choeung Ek, around 15kms outside Phnom Penh, are where most of the victims of Tuol Sleng S21 prison were slaughtered and dumped in makeshift shallow graves. | Skulls, clothes from victims

146: S-21 Genocide Prison and Museum, Phnom Penh

147: Cambodia Vietnam Friendship Monument and bird statue in Wat Botumwatdei Park | Wat Botumwatdei

148: Doun Penh Gardens | Old Parliament building

149: Sunrise, cruising from Cambodia to Vietnam in the Mekong Delta

151: Sunrise, leaving Phnom Penh

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