When somebody mentions Cambodia, one of the immediate things that come to mind is Angkor Wat. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1992, the Angkor Archeological Park sprawls over 400 kilometers, and simply an awesome and necessary site to explore. With its intricate corridors, courtyards, galleries and columns, the complex is an unrivaled labyrinth of wonder.
The temples are remnants of several capitals of the Khmer Empires of the 9th to the 15th centuries, and were constructed meticulously to honor the various rulers, as well as the Hindu and Buddhist religions. With the seemingly perfect symmetry and symbolic design of the vast temples, it is a virtual playground for photographers and appreciators of ancient architecture at its finest.
We toured the complex over a course of three days, averaging about five hours a day, and even then, we didn’t cover the site in its entirety. Carmel and I took hundreds of photos, deciding to let the photographs relate our journey into Cambodia’s past. It was difficult to cull a small sampling from the trove we took. I hope they represent the grander, magnificent marvels we enjoyed exploring.