Angkor's Faces

March 14, 2014

Angkor is one of the most important archaeological sites in South-East Asia. Stretching over some 400 km2, it contains the magnificent remains of the different capitals of the Khmer Empire, from the 9th to the 15th century.

A baby Long Tailed Macaque considers leaving its mother’s side to steal some food left out by an unwitting tourist. The monkeys have made their homes throughout the Angkor Wat site.

The Bayon is a richly decorated Khmer temple at Angkor, known for its huge stone faces of the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, with one facing outward at each compass point. The curious smiling image, is thought by many to be a portrait of Jayavarman himself. 

A Cambodian fisherman walks calmly across to his nets to check his catch from Srah Srang as the sun rises over Angkor Wat. Today, just a few people now live with in the boundaries of the temples. They make a living from the thousands of tourists that visit every day. However, the morning is generally still peaceful enough for fishing, with the majority of tourists arriving by bus later in the day. 

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