When it comes to Cambodian history, the country is well known for the tragic human rights abuses committed by the Khmer Rouge in the aftermath of the Vietnam War.  But Cambodia is also home to an incredible ancient history, something that I, a total nerd, get a kick out of.

On my last week in Cambodia I had the chance to do a little sight-seeing and I thought you might be interested in seeing some of what I saw!

Oh, and if it makes things more interesting for you, feel free to imagine that the whole time I visited I was being hunted by ancient temple guardians made out of stone, blades and darkness and that the only way I survived was by finding the long-lost hope stone buried deep in the bowels of a forgotten tomb.

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  1. Jim.M said... 


    December 28th, 2010 at 8:16 pm  

    I am always blown away by the size, complexity and detail of ancient structures. I have a hard time moving leaves out of my yard, or 3 inches of snow off my driveway….how can you imagine the hardship of building those temples. Was it devotion, torture, …what?

    And then what happened,… why if the object of those temples was so important did the people fall away and allow these ancient temples fall into ruins.

    Barry thanks for the photos, looks like it was a nice excursion.

  2. Susan Drumm said... 


    December 31st, 2010 at 8:46 pm  

    Picture 15/20…so cool…it’s alive! What’s amazing to me is that you were free to wander through all of these seemingly precarious crevices unaccompanied. Whether to safeguard the ruins, prevent lawsuits, or whatever, structures in the west (at least any I’ve visited) are so much more tightly controlled and patrolled.

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