These are photos of people and places around the Angkor ruins, including some temples where I didn’t take enough photos to justify separate pages.
Warning, if you go to Siem Reap/Angkor: the area is teeming with beggars and touts, some of whom can be quite aggressive (not dangerous, but aggressive). Be careful about starting conversations with people, as they’re likely to ask for money in one form or another. Also, prepare to be shocked…many of the beggars are landmine amputees, and many beggars are ragged children. Despite that, the people are surprisingly friendly.
A lingam-yoni shrine at Preah Khan. The pillar is a lingam (phallic symbol), and the pedestal it rests in a yoni (female symbol). Water is poured over the lingam, which then runs out through the spout at front, producing holy water.
This lingam is in three sections, representing the three Hindu gods Shiva, Vishnu, and Brahma: the first section is round, the second octagonal, the third rectangular. I've forgotten which gods correspond to which section, though.
This is the interior of the central shrine at Preah Khan. Notice how the walls are riddled with holes: gold and diamond decorations once encrusted the walls, to reflect light coming in from above.
Most of the important shrines at Angkor are like that, too. One can only imagine the glories that must have been there, at the height of the Angkor Empire...
The Leper King Terrace, a mazelike structure with detailed carvings in the walls.
In the maze, I heard a piping, and tracked it to its source: a man with no legs, playing a pipe. Landmine victims are unfortunately extremely common in Cambodia; about 1 in 250 Cambodians has lost a limb to landmines, and there are still plenty left.