Photographer's Note

A young Cambodian kid climbs up the steep stone stairs of Bakong. I was roaming around the top level enoying a whiff of fresh air in the afternoon sun when I spotted this young kid climb up the stairs. I guess we spotted each other at the same time and he instantly had this suspicious look on his face. Perhaps camera-toting foreigner was the last thing he expected to confront on top of the stairs :) We were soon friends though as we interacted through the universal language of smiles and I have pictures in less suspicious circumstances. I have two more pictures in the workshop, one taken a few seconds earlier and the other of the impressive Bakong temple.
Often neglected by tourists who are on a whirlwind tour of Angkor, the Roluos Group is a collection of monuments representing the remains of Hariharalaya, the first major capital of the Angkorian era Khmer Empire. The ancient capital was named for Hari-Hara, a synthesis of the Hindu gods Shiva and Vishnu. Hariharalaya was established as a capital city by Jayavarman II and served as the Khmer capital for over 70 years under four successive kings. Bakong is the most impressive member of the Roluos Group, sitting at the center of Hariharalaya. 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. Though begun by Indravarman I, Bakong received additions and was expanded by later kings.

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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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