Photo essay – Temples of Angkor in Cambodia

Photo Essays — By on April 16, 2011 at 10:27 am

Cambodia is home to some of the world’s most spectacular ancient temples. The most well known of these is Angkor Wat, but there are ruins of nearly 100 temples scattered across the forests of northern Cambodia and throughout the Angkor Archaeological Park. These are relics of the Khmer civilization that ruled a large swath of Southeast Asia between the 9th and 13th centuries. Here is a photo essay that takes a look at some of these temples today and gives you a glimpse of an ancient world.


Angkor Wat

The classic view of Angkor Wat.


Angkor Wat

A monk peers out a window at Angkor Wat.


Bayon Temple

The stone faces of Bayon Temple.


Bayon Temple

A closer view of the faces at Bayon.


Ta Prohm Temple

An otherworldly scene at Ta Prohm Temple, one of many Angkor ruins that have merged with the jungle.


Ta Prohm Temple

A different view of Ta Prohm.


Angkor Archaeological Park

Another image of the eerie merger of temples and trees.


Angkor Archaeological Park

Close-up view of some temple carvings.


Angkor Archaeological Park

Centuries-old sculptures.


Phnom Bakheng sunset

And a Cambodian sunset from the top of Phnom Bakheng temple.

Photo credit: All photos by Bob Riel

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  1. Susan Smith says:

    These are fabulous photos. i visited Angkor Wat two years ago with my son and was absolutely amazed. The idea that this civilization thrived for 500 years and then disappeared for so many is staggering.

    I took photos there as well. Of course. How could one not? Found it was tough to capture the images, lighting, scope. These are great. I particularly like the one with the monk in the door way and the view of Ta Prohm.

    Recently I wrote about my experience there on my blog, DesignDestinations.word because I couldn’t get it out of my mind. If your readers go there, I’m sure they will feel the same way.

  2. Bob Riel says:

    Thank you, Susan. Glad you like the photos. It truly is a remarkable place to visit and I agree with what you wrote on your blog that Ta Prohm provides some of the most vivid images of any of the Angkor temples.

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