More Photos Within the Temple Complex

Yet more photos!
Here I am in a Tuk Tuk with our driver, and a few photos of some Cambodian people, and a modern Buddhist Wat, or temple.

Now come of some of my favorite photos… Several of the temples within the complex have not been reconstructed as thoroughly as Angkor Wat and Bayon. Here are some examples of how the jungle, if left to its own devices, would swallow all the temples up again… You may recognize some of these photos from the movie, “Tomb Raider.”

Angkor Wat and the surrounding temples were left to the jungle during the reign of the Khmer Rouge. It was only in the late 80s and early 90s when some of these temples were hacked back out of the trees and grasses. Many of the sculptures, especially those of Buddha, were mutilated during the war and the whole complex fell into general disrepair, which for temples made of sandstone, is pretty bad for carvings, engravings and sculptures.

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