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The Angkor and its surrounding temples is a photographer's delight as much for the beautiful architecture as for the human elements associated with it. Be it the Buddhist monks who flock to these temples or the little Cambodian kids selling all kinds of products, from Guide Books to souvenirs, they all make for nice subjects. I captured this little sales 'woman' as she took shelter from the opressive Cambodian Sun.
This incidentally is the Banteay Samre or the 'Citadel of the Samre' - a little isolated temple, just off the road to Banteay Srei. Constructed by Suryavarman II in the middle of the 12th century, the towers and balustrades of Banteay Samre bear strong resemblance to the main Angkor complex. This large, relatively flat temple underwent extensive restoration which transformed it into one of the finest monuments of the Angkor group and one of the most complete. Its ornamentation, exceptional in quality and very well preserved in its entirety, has become a pure specimen of the classic art from the finest period of Khmer architecture. Sadly however, probably due to the absence of any hype surrounding it, Banteay Samre has not attracted the kind of tourist it merits. On a October morning, we had the entire temple complex to ourselves (except for a few local Cambodian kids like the girl in this picture) for close to an hour.
Here are two other pictures in this series : LOOK and LOOK-2.

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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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