Cambodia: Part Six

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from Siem Reap! I wish you all the best for the holiday season, be you a celebrator or non-celebrator of Christmas.

Lotus flowers on the pond at Angkor Wat. Olympus Om-D E-M5 with Olympus 60 mm Macro. 1/1250 s, f/2.8, ISO 200.
Lotus flowers on the pond at Angkor Wat. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Olympus 60 mm Macro. 1/1250 s, f/2.8, ISO 200.

Temples (NB: I will update this section with more comprehensive captions and descriptions at a later date)

This is on a path from Angkor Wat. The name escapes me, but I suspect it's a part of Angkor Wat. Olympus PEN Mini E-PM1 with Olympus 17 mm f/2.8. 1/100 s, f/8, ISO 200.
This is on a path from Angkor Wat. The name escapes me, but I suspect it’s a part of Angkor Wat. Olympus PEN Mini E-PM1 with Olympus 17 mm f/2.8. 1/100 s, f/8, ISO 200.
Bayon Temple. Each tower has four faces; one on each side. Olympus PEN Mini E-PM1 with Olympus 17 mm f/2.8. 1/320 s, f/8, ISO 200.
Bayon Temple. Each tower has four faces; one on each side. Olympus PEN Mini E-PM1 with Olympus 17 mm f/2.8. 1/320 s, f/8, ISO 200.
Buddha statue in Bayon. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Panasonic-Leica 25 mm f/1.4. 1/15 s, f/2, ISO 800.
Buddha statue in Bayon. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Panasonic-Leica 25 mm f/1.4. 1/15 s, f/2, ISO 800.
A tree growing through Ta Prohm. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Panasonic-Leica 25 mm f/1.4. 1/200 s, f/5.6, ISO 200.
A tree growing through Ta Prohm. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Panasonic-Leica 25 mm f/1.4. 1/200 s, f/5.6, ISO 200.
An elderly woman who performs blessings at Ta Prohm. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Panasonic-Leica 25 mm f/1.4. 1/60 s, f/2, ISO 200.
An elderly woman who performs blessings at Ta Prohm. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Panasonic-Leica 25 mm f/1.4. 1/60 s, f/2, ISO 200.

I love exploring the temples whenever I’m in Cambodia. I’ll be honest, though: I’ve forgotten a substantial amount of the history of the temples, which I learnt 10 years ago, before I had cause to recount it to others. I will write the captions as accurately as I can, so that should you want to know more about a particular location, you can search for it online. What I can tell you from memory is that the history of the Khmer Empire is diverse, and I regret having forgotten so much of it. There may be few pictures encompassing whole temples in this post: this is as much because they are commonplace, as it is that I have many in my archives, and did not wish to duplicate them.

Engravings and the ceiling in one of the walkways at Angkor Wat. Olympus PEN Mini E-PM1 with Olympus 17 mm f/2.8. 1/40 s, f/5.6, ISO 400.
Engravings, and the ceiling in one of the walkways at Angkor Wat. Olympus PEN Mini E-PM1 with Olympus 17 mm f/2.8. 1/40 s, f/5.6, ISO 400.
Old temples on the road between Prasat Bayon and Prasat Ta Prohm. Olympus PEN Mini E-PM1 with Olympus 17 mm f/2.8. 1/100 s, f/8, ISO 200.
Old temples on the road between Prasat Bayon and Prasat Ta Prohm. Olympus PEN Mini E-PM1 with Olympus 17 mm f/2.8. 1/100 s, f/8, ISO 200.
Angkor Wat, viewed across the moat. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Panasonic-Leica 25 mm f/1.4. 1/320 s, f/8, ISO 200.
Angkor Wat, viewed across the moat. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Panasonic-Leica 25 mm f/1.4. 1/320 s, f/8, ISO 200.

Prasat Angkor Wat is the most widely known of the temples in Cambodia, and takes pride of place in a complex that covers 200 km². There are many temples in the immediate vicinity of Angkor Wat, including Prasat Bayon and Prasat Ta Prohm. From what I can remember, each Prasat (palace) was built for a different king, and as such, each one varies in age, grandeur and design.

Prasat Ta Prohm. Olympus PEn Mini E-PM1 with Olympus 17 mm f/2.8. 1/40 s, f/8, ISO 200.
Prasat Ta Prohm. Olympus PEn Mini E-PM1 with Olympus 17 mm f/2.8. 1/40 s, f/8, ISO 200.
A naga (seven headed serpent) at Angkor Wat. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Panasonic-Leica 25 mm f/1.4. 1/1000 s, f/1.8, ISO 200.
A naga (seven headed serpent) at Angkor Wat. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Panasonic-Leica 25 mm f/1.4. 1/1000 s, f/1.8, ISO 200.
Engravings at Angkor Wat. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Panasonic-Leica 25 mm f/1.4. 1/15 s, f/2, ISO 200.
Engravings at Angkor Wat. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Panasonic-Leica 25 mm f/1.4. 1/15 s, f/2, ISO 200.

One thing that I have seen over the past decade, especially in the last five years, is the accelerated deterioration of the temples, as the effects of acid rain decimate the masses of sandstone featured throughout. One can only hope that the myriad of conservation projects underway will eventually mitigate, or reverse this damage.

Engravings over a doorway at Ta Prohm. Olympus OM-D with Panasonic-Leica 25 mm f/1.4. 1/15 s, f/5.6, ISO 200.
Engravings over a doorway at Ta Prohm. Olympus OM-D with Panasonic-Leica 25 mm f/1.4. 1/15 s, f/5.6, ISO 200.
Engravings in an entranceway. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Panasonic-Leica 25 mm f/1.4. 1/15 s, f/1.4, ISO 200.
Engravings over an entranceway. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Panasonic-Leica 25 mm f/1.4. 1/15 s, f/1.4, ISO 200.
A broken apsara (dancer). Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Panasonic-Leica 25 mm f/1.4. 1/100 s, f/2, ISO 200.
A broken apsara (dancer). Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Panasonic-Leica 25 mm f/1.4. 1/100 s, f/2, ISO 200.

Old Market, Siem Reap

Souvenir vendor, Old Market, Siem Reap. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Panasonic-Leica 25 mm f/1.4. 1/80 s, f/1.4, ISO 200.
Souvenir vendor, Old Market, Siem Reap. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Panasonic-Leica 25 mm f/1.4. 1/80 s, f/1.4, ISO 200.

The old market is less substantial than the Central Market in Phnom Penh, though is awash with the same sensory sensations of colour, pungent odour, and animated people.

A textile merchant in the Old Market, Siem Reap. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Panasonic-Leica 25 mm f/1.4. 1/20 s, f/1.4, ISO 200.
A textile merchant in the Old Market, Siem Reap. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Panasonic-Leica 25 mm f/1.4. 1/20 s, f/1.4, ISO 200.
Krama (traditional Khmer scarves) at the Old Market, Siem Reap. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Panasonic-Leica 25 mm f/1.4. 1/30 s, f/1.4, ISO 200.
Krama (traditional Khmer scarves) at the Old Market, Siem Reap. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Panasonic-Leica 25 mm f/1.4. 1/30 s, f/1.4, ISO 200.

Across the way from the market is a part of the Siem Reap Night Market, which operates until midnight. Besides a dazzling array of neon and LED signage, the Night Market features much the same in the way of products as the Old Market, and is even more heavily congested with tourists returning from viewing the temples during the day.

A fishmonger in the Old Market, Siem Reap. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Panasonic-Leica 25 mm f/1.4. 1/25 s, f/1.4, ISO 200.
A fishmonger in the Old Market, Siem Reap. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Panasonic-Leica 25 mm f/1.4. 1/25 s, f/1.4, ISO 200.
A roadside vendor selling cooked bananas and cooked corn. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Panasonic-Leica 25 mm f/1.4. 1/15 s, f/1.4, ISO 200.
A roadside vendor selling cooked bananas and cooked corn. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Panasonic-Leica 25 mm f/1.4. 1/15 s, f/1.4, ISO 200.
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