The Hands of Angkor

Hands of Angkor Wat I

(1/125, F2.8, ISO800, 17mm)

 It is about time some of my travel photos turn up here and although it´s been almost 4 months (and several other travels) since visiting the ruined city of Angkor and its famous temples I recall every minute of visiting this magical place.

Apart from the unbelievable atrocities the Khmer Rouge regime brought upon the people of Cambodia, it was also responsible for destroying all images and statues of Buddha they encountered around these temples.
This meant there was hardly a head left on the statues and wall carvings around Angkor. Most hands were also ´cut off´, but I was able to compile some of them that survived and thought they were symbolic for the way the Cambodian people were still surviving their recent history.

Hands of Angkor Wat II

(1/50, F5.6, ISO400, 30mm)

The widespread area of Angkor´s UNESCO site covers about 400 square meters and therefore makes it easy to skip the crowds and spend some alone time in these amazing structures. We enjoyed sunset on the Terrace of the Elephants on our own the first day and second day we spent hours wandering the magic corridors of Preah Khan before the next visitors arrived.
Those were by far my most special moments in Angkor!

Hands of Angkor Wat III

(1/50, F5.6, ISO400, 30mm)

34 thoughts on “The Hands of Angkor

    • Dank je wel, Chryt, zag op je blog dat je ook Nederlander abroad bent, net als ik?
      Die Preah Khan was zo groot en divers en interressant om rond te zwerven, wat we dan ook lang deden voordat de eerste anderen kwamen, heel indrukwekkend!
      Groetjes vanuit KL,

    • Thanks Clifford, it is totally worth it and very easy to skip the busy trail by just starting with different temples and places than the bunch, making it all the more special in my opinion! Cheers, Ron

    • Hello Jude, thank you so much, was interesting to find a perspective and subject I thought this place wasnt photographed too often and I was intrigued by these beautifully carved hands all around 😉
      Enjoy your weekend, greetz, Ron

    • Hi Cybele, thanks for the compliment and it definitely is an amazing place; even though its so famous its still very possible to experience its temples and splendor on your won cuz of its massive size!
      Hope youre doing great, greetings, Ron

  1. Fantastic pop of colour. Show it off in defiance of the legacy left behind by Pol Pot. Show it off as a symbol of how the Cambodian people reclaim their right to live in peace.

    • Thanks very much, mofman! It is such a horror history and the way the Cambodian people now live with it is encouraging to see, very brave and happy with little, lessons can be learned there for sure! Hope you have a great weekend!
      Greetings, Ron

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