When we lived in Manila we had opportunity to visit places that would have been a major undertaking from Europe or North America but were just a few hours away from the Philippines. One of those places was Angkor in Cambodia where we spent a week visiting the temples. Despite the constant media exposure of these sites – not least in the first Tomb Raider film – seeing them for real was incredible. The first set of pictures is from the Bayon temple, a massive and visually chaotic structure dominated by dozens of towers bearing hundreds of identical carved faces. Some claim these represent the Khmer king, Jayavarman VII responsible for the temple’s construction; others identify them as Lokesvara, the bodhisattva of compassion.

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