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I posted 100 photos in 4 years. That's a slooooooow rate! But I just could not go any faster. And I don't want to. But anyway, it has been a fun ride. So, I would like to thank everyone who made it funny, who helped me with my photography and who even became friends along the way. Thanks a lot!
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It's not my first post of a sunrise over Angkor. However, I feel like both give a distinct feeling.

You have to wake up early to be there in time...I woke up at 4h45 and got there around 5h15...I was told that the best light is during winter. This is when you get the deepest blues and the richest reds. So, the eve of your morning shoot, make sure that you hire a tuk-tuk driver for the next morning. That way, you make sure you have one when you're ready! He'll be there at your hotel before you wake up and he will bring you everywhere you want to go and he'll wait for you while you visit the various temples. Just make sure to pay him only AFTER you are back to your hotel...;)

ANGKOR WAT:
It is a temple complex at Angkor, Cambodia, built for the king Suryavarman II in the early 12th century as his state temple and capital city. As the best-preserved temple at the site, it is the only one to have remained a significant religious centre since its foundation—first Hindu, dedicated to Vishnu, then Buddhist. The temple is the epitome of the high classical style of Khmer architecture. It has become a symbol of Cambodia, appearing on its national flag, and it is the country's prime attraction for visitors.

Angkor Wat combines two basic plans of Khmer temple architecture: the temple mountain and the later galleried temple, based on early South Indian architecture, with key features such as the Jagati. It is designed to represent Mount Meru, home of the devas in Hindu mythology: within a moat and an outer wall 3.6 kilometres (2.2 mi) long are three rectangular galleries, each raised above the next. At the centre of the temple stands a quincunx of towers. Unlike most Angkorian temples, Angkor Wat is oriented to the west; scholars are divided as to the significance of this. The temple is admired for the grandeur and harmony of the architecture, its extensive bas-reliefs and for the numerous devatas (guardian spirits) adorning its walls.
The modern name, Angkor Wat, in use by the 16th century, means "City Temple": Angkor is a vernacular form of the word nokor which comes from the Sanskrit word nagara (capital), while wat is the Khmer word for temple. Prior to this time the temple was known as Preah Pisnulok, after the posthumous title of its founder, Suryavarman II.

Angkor Wat lies 5.5 km north of the modern town of Siem Reap, and a short distance south and slightly east of the previous capital, which was centred on the Baphuon. It is in an area of Cambodia where there is an important group of ancient structures. It is the southernmost of Angkor's main sites.

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