Friday Fix: the faces of Angkor Thom, Cambodia


This is the first in my little new series, Friday Fix, a quick burst of inspiration to spur you on through your final day in the office or maybe remind you to dig out those pushed-back travel plans. Never published before*, the idea of these photos is to give you a glimpse of some of the most incredible places I've ever found in a format you can digest in a coffee break...


Angkor Thom, Cambodia
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This is Prasat Bayon, one of the extravagant collection of temples that forms the ruins of Angkor Thom. Though this city, last of the Khmer empire's capitals in Cambodia, is a little less impressive in scale than the famous Angkor Wat, I was mesmerised by these carved-stone faces. From around the turn of the 12th to 13th century, this was the official state temple of the Mahayana Buddhist King Jayavarman VII. The different facial expressions hint to me that at least somebody in the building process had a sense of humour. 


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