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Angkor Thom - part 2

sunny 31 °C

famous faces...
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You might notice a dumbass sitting on the right of the pic. Joe blow decided that it was a good idea to climb on these statues to get a good pic. I find that sooo stupid considering the effort that the Gov is putting in maintaining (nevermind restoring) these priceless pieces of history!

The Angkor Wat and surrounding temples were built between the 9th and 11th century and were the capital of Cambodia until it got moved to Phnom Penh (I'm not sure if this was before or after Thailand invaded Cambodia). They were left and forgotten until the French took over and started to restore (and/or some to steal) these magnificient pieces of architecture and engineering.

Coming back to the faces:
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I really like the contrast of the monk's orange robe to the environment of this next pic:
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They were 2 monks visiting together and I asked them to take a pic of them. They said yes, but it didn't turn out too good, so I won't post it. They then asked me to pose with them while they took a pic with me!!! I totally didn't expect this, but said yes of course. There are quite strict rules that a woman is not to touch monks, so I had a really hard time being close enough for a pic, while making sure no to touch them! hehehe
Aliya was all shocked to see monks with a cell phone/camera! hehehe, technology is everywhere I guess!

The details and carvings where almost as elaborate here as in Angkor Wat.
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Posted by Mistrale 05:02 Archived in Cambodia

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