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Photo of the week #14 Preah Khan, Angkor

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Angkor is one of the most important archaeological sites in South-East Asia and the world’s largest religious monument.

The structures one sees at Angkor today, more than 100 stone temples in all, are the surviving remains of a grand religious, social and administrative metropolis whose other buildings – palaces, public buildings, and houses – were built of wood and have long since decayed and disappeared.

Most of the photographs depict the popular temples – Angkor Wat, Bayon and Ta Phrom. The above photograph, taken in Preah Khan, one of the less popular temples which is left unrestored shows numerous rumbling stones surrounded by dense forest which is the actual picture in most of the temples in Angkor. Just a depiction of nature over powering and covering the grand history of the past.

 

 

Photo of the week #12 Ayuthaya

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Ayuthaya (full name Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya) is the ancient capital of Siam dynasty after Sukhothai.

Throughout the centuries, the ideal location between China, India and the Malay Archipelago made Ayutthaya the trading capital of Asia and even the world. By 1700 Ayutthaya had become the largest city in the world with a total of 1 million inhabitants!! Unfortunately we do not read about this great city in our history books!

Many international merchants from around the world have proclaimed Ayutthaya as the finest city they had ever seen. All this came to a quick end when the Burmese invaded Ayutthaya in 1767 and almost completely burnt the city down to the ground.

Today, only a few remains, mostly temples and palaces, might give a glimpse of the impressive city they must have seen. The above photograph is taken in Wat Mahathat showing one of the few Buddha statues that is intact surrounded by prangs(towers).