Angkor

Known most especially for the immense Angkor Wat, the Angkor region is dotted with over a thousand ancient temples. Once the seat of the Khmer Empire, it was recently determined that Angkor was the largest pre-industrial city in the world. Temples are the only visible remains from that 9th-15th century empire.

This is the interior of Banteay Srei, a 10th century red sandstone temple famous for its intricate carvings.


Ta Prohm, built in the 12th century, has been largely left to the forest's overgrowth. Enormous trees grow lethargically out of the crumbling stone.


Cambodian children climb on some of the crumbling rocks of Ta Prohm.


Bayon is the central temple of Angkor Thom and one of the largest in the Angkor region. It served as the official state temple of King Jayavarman VII's kingdom.


Bayon viewed from the back.


Angkor Wat at dawn. Built in the 12th century as a Hindu temple, it is now Buddhist and stands as the world's largest religious building.


Angkor Wat's outer wall, just before the enormous moat that surrounds the complex.


Canoe ride through the flooded forest near Kompong Phluk, a floating village nearby Angkor.


Kompong Phluk only floods near the end of the rainy season. While parts of the village were flooded, this main street remained mostly dry.

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