Siem Reap, Cambodia’s pride and jewel is the Angkor Wat, a Buddhist temple built in the 12th Century by Khmer King Suryavarman II in Yasodharapura, and where sunrise is an awaited event by local and foreign tourists.
Never touch a monk in Cambodia, especially if you’re a woman and you want to photograph him because he’ll leave, and you waste a good opportunity.
Angkor Wat, where sunrise is warmly beautiful, and Ta Phrom, where Lara Croft: Tomb Raider was shot, are not the only things to love about Cambodia. More than the them, I also love the Cambodians or the Khmer people.
Here’s a set of photos capturing the daily lives of the Cambodian people, who are said “to strongly identify their identity with their religious beliefs and practices, which combine the tenets of Theravada Buddhism with elements of indigenous ancestor-spirit worship, animism and shamanism.”
Perhaps the reason why they have almost 4,000 temples; 2,000 discovered, and maybe over a hundred opened to tourists so they too, can appreciate the culture of the ancient Khmers.
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Imagine my disappointment after turning on the television, it’s one of those depressing Filipino films… and the high temperature is killing me.
March 29 was unforgettable. These photos were taken from my city’s commemoration of the Earth Hour at the People’s Amphitheater in Mendoza Park. At exactly 8:30 p.m., power in my city was turned off because of the celebration, and these fire dancers took over the darkness beautifully.
From nearly a hundred long exposure shots, I succeeded with only over 20 good ones. The rest of the photos, sigh… waste of effort. But I’m happy with what I have.
Sharing the shots! Good night 🙂