Photographer's Note

Cambodia is a young country with a large proportion of kids, mostly living in poor, unhygienic conditions. But what amazed me constantly was their ability to smile and overcome all adversity. This mind you, is not a posed picture. The girl was enjoying herself as hundreds of visitors walked past her along the bridge across the moat surrounding the Angkor complex. I too was in a hurry to get to the Angkor basking in sunset but couldn't overlook this magical moment.
Angkor Wat is visually, architecturally and artistically breathtaking. It is a massive three-tiered pyramid crowned by five beehive-like towers rising 65 meters from ground level. Angkor Wat is the centerpiece of any visit to the temples of Angkor. At the apex of Khmer political and military dominance in the region, Suryavarman II constructed Angkor Wat in the form of a massive 'temple-mountain' dedicated to the Hindu god, Vishnu. It served as his state temple. The temple itself is 1 km square and consists of three levels surmounted by a central tower. The walls of the temple are covered inside and out with bas-reliefs and carvings.

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Additional Photos by Sabyasachi Talukdar (sabyasachi1212) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3140 W: 281 N: 5210] (19779)
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