Photographer's Note

You had probably seen this Khmer kid in two of my previous posts, as he was climbing up the steep stairs of Bakong. This is a more conventional portrait of the young boy against the temple ruins. The look of suspicion I had first noticed was yet to change. I see something strange here in his eyes, not only suspicion, fear perhaps. I don't know what he was afraid of (surely not me) but I wish I could do something to reassure him. But he ran away to his own world soon after.
Bakong is the most impressive member of the Roluos Group, sitting at the center of Hariharalaya, the first major capital of the Angkorian era Khmer Empire. Bakong stands 15 meters tall and was constructed by the third Angkorian-era king as his state-temple. Bakong represents the first application of the temple-mountain architectural formula on a grand scale and set the architectural tone for the next 400 years. The temple displays a very early use of stone rather than brick.

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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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