Photographer's Note

Angkor is the foremost national symbol in Cambodia and is even present in its national flag. That’s why the temple becomes a sort of pilgrimage site during national holidays.

Angkor is a region of Cambodia that served as the seat of the Khmer Empire, which flourished from approximately the 9th to the 13th centuries. The word Angkor is derived from the Sanskrit nagara, meaning "city".

Angkor Wat meaning “city temple”, is a Hindu temple complex at Angkor, built for the king Suryavarman II in the early 12th century as his state temple and part of his 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 the god Vishnu, then Buddhist. The temple is at the top of the high classical style of Khmer architecture.

Visiting Angkor Wat was very hectic for me. I was so excited by the incomparable beauty of the setting and the richness of the mixture of its people and its architecture that I forgot the notion of time. The funny thing is that, instead of post-card shots, I realized that I mainly shot people scenes, including the grass-movers seen on this picture. :-)

Cropped, increased sharpness and saturation, applied blue toning in the sky.

Sources: Angor , Angkor Wat

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