Back in June of 2003, we took a trip to Cambodia. We were in the area of the country called Siem Reap (pronounced SEE-um REE-up).
Angkor Thom is an ancient walled-in city with a temple called the Bayon that has 54 towers. Each tower has stone carved faces looking in all directions. Depending on who you listen to, the face is a depiction of the king or it’s a composite of the kings face and the serene face of Buddha. (It’s the same face in every carving). No one knows why they made so many.
Climbing on and around these ruins was a good test of how “sure-footed” you are. The Bayon is partially restored.
There are many temples out in the jungles of Cambodia. The care takers have restored some of the temples so that they are close to their original glory. Then, some are left as they were found, with the jungle completely growing over them. Ta Prohm is one of the latter. Visitors get to experience the wonder that one might have felt when one first found these ruins out in the middle of the dense jungle.
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Out in the hot humid jungle behind the ruins of an ancient temple of Preah Khan, sits a girl in a hammock. She sells cold drinks to the visitors. When no one is around, she combs her hair and waits for the next person.
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