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S: Cambodia March 2012

FC: Cambodia March 2012 Photographs by Paul A Gitman

1: Sunrise, Angkor Wat

2: Angkor Wat | Angkor Wat is a temple complex at Angkor, Cambodia, built by King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century as his state temple and capital city. it has remained a significant religious centre 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.

4: Angkor Wat

5: Angkor Temple sits at the top

6: Angkor Wat

7: Angkor Wat Late afternoon sun on cloudy day

8: Angkor Wat It's all about lighting

9: Angkor Thom | Victory 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. | South Gate

10: Bayon | 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.

11: Bayon

12: Bayon

13: Bayon

14: Small temples on either side of Victory Way, across from Elephant Terrace, Angkor Thom | Prasats, Angkor Thom | Souir Prat, Angkor Thom

15: Elephant Terrace, Angkor Thom

16: Sunset, Pre Rup | 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.

18: Pre Rup at sunset

20: Banteay Kdei | 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.

21: Banteay Kdei

22: Banteay Kdei

23: King Jayavarman VII, the founder of Angkor Thom, built Prah Khan as an interim royal residence and sanctuary pending the completion of the new city. 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. | Prah Khan

24: Prah Khan

25: Prah Khan

26: Prah Khan

27: Prah Khan

28: Prah Khan | Neak Pean

29: 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.

30: Ta Som

31: Ta Som

32: Ta Som

33: Ta Som

34: Ta Keo | 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

35: Ta Keo

36: Ta Prohm | Built in the Bayon style largely in the late 12th and early 13th centuries and originally called Rajavihara (in Khmer: ). Located approximately one kilometre east of Angkor Thom and on the southern edge of the East Baray, it was founded by the Khmer King Jayavarman VII as a Mahayana Buddhist monastery and university. ayavarman VII constructed Rajavihara in honor of his family

37: Ta Prohm

38: Ta Prohm

41: Ta Prohm

42: 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.

43: East Mobon

44: 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

45: Banteay Srei | Consecrated in April, 967 A.D., it 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 Siva

46: Banteay Srei

48: Banteay Srei

49: Banteay Srei

50: Banteay Srei

51: Small village outside of Banteay Srei making palm sugar

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

53: Mekong sunset, Kompong Cham Cambodia

54: Mekong sunset over bamboo bridge, Kompong Cham Cambodia

56: Temple seen while sailing the Mekong | Early morning, Kompong Cham, bamboo bridge

57: 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

58: Wat Hanchey

59: Wat Hanchey

60: Wat Hanchey

61: Wat Hanchey

62: Wat Hanchey

63: Wat Hanchey

64: Child from Village of Angkor Ban | Monk from Wat Hanchey blessing us.

65: Children from Angkor Ban

66: Buddhist Temple, Village of Angkor Ban

67: Angkor Ban | Village of Angkor Ban. Typical houses.

68: Our ship, the Jahan at sunset

69: Sunset, near Angkor Ban

71: Kampong Chhnang

72: Cashew, Kampong Chhnang

73: Kampong Chhnang Demonstration of methods of collecting material for palm sugar | Kampong Chhnang, pottery production

74: Kampong Chhnang | Outdoor Market

75: Village and temple of Kampong Tralach

78: First light, Kampong Tralach

79: Sunrise, Kampong Tralach

80: Phnom Penh

81: The Independence Monument Built in 1958 in honor of Cambodia's independence from France in 1953. | Wat Ounalom

82: Royal Palace, Phnom Penh

87: Royal Palace, Phnom Penh

88: National Museum, Phnom Penh

89: 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

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

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

92: Doun Penh Garden | Old Parliament Building

93: Early morning Cruising from Cambodia to Vietnam in the Mekong Delta

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