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Cambodia is famous for its beautiful ancient ruins of Angkor Wat, one of the world's top travel destinations. It is a land of these beautiful, peaceful ancient temples and yet, it is also the land where one of history's most horrific mass murders and torture took place. Now, with the Khmer Rouge still a recent memory, the country lives mostly in a peace. But the tension here, to me, seemed palpable. This page has photos of Angor Wat and dozens of the temples of Angkor, along with photos of Tonle Sap, a lake fed by a river that reverse course twice a year. There are also photo of Phnom Penh, Tuol Sleng - the place of Khmer torture, the killing fields, and Siem Reap. Larger version of these photos of Cambodia can be viewed by using a mouse rollover, clicking an image, or using the Slideshow below. See all TheWorldinLight has to offer at Destinations and Topics.

These photos were taken with a Minolta X-700 film camera. The film, unfortunately, was processed in Cambodia and essentially ruined. The decision to process there was made to avoid many passes through airport x-ray machines during an extended multi-country trip. It's these ruined negatives that have been scanned and restored from the dead with Photoshop to provide you with some idea of what the temples of Angkor look like.

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photo of the Phnom Penh waterfront
Phnom Penh
Although it is Cambodia's largest city, I found it to also be very pleasant. The riverfront area along the Tonle Sap River has a beautiful promenade and many great outdoor cafes and bars where it's possible to relax and have a nice meal or a cold drink.

photo of skulls from the Cambodian killing fields
The Killing Fields of Cambodia
It is estimated that three million Cambodians died under the horrific reign of the Khmer Rouge. Now, there are shrines to the dead near these fields where the remains of the dead were found.

photo of an apsara carved in stone at Angkor Wat
Angkor Wat Apsara
The Apsara is a Hindu spiritual woman of beauty - sometimes nymph-like, sometimes like a siren. They are recurrent images on the walls of temples throughout the Angkor complex.

photo of landmine victims in Cambodia
Land Mine Victims
Cambodia still has many people daily injured by landmines scattered throughout the countryside during the years of warfare the country has experienced. (The USA is still one of the last countries that have still NOT signed an international ban on the use of such devastating weapons of warfare which have killed and maimed more civilians - children and adults alike - than soldiers).

photo of an uncleared minefield in Cambodia
Uncleared Minefield in Cambodia
International organizations still attempt to clear areas of landmines in Cambodia.

photo of Tuol Sleng prison, the site of tortures and murders by the Khmer Rouge
Tuol Sleng
Tuol Sleng was a prison in Phnom Penh where tens of thousands of Cambodians were tortured and killed during the reign of the Khmer Rouge. It was converted from an elementary school for this purpose.
statue portraying a gun with a knotted barrel in Phnom Penh
Knotted Gun
This statue in Phnom Penh stands to remind people of their violent past in the hope that it is past.

photo of the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
The Royal Palace #3
The beautiful Royal Palace of Cambodia stands on beautifully manicured grounds just off the waterfront.

the Royal Palace in Cambodia
Royal Palace #4
Wat Phnom Sampeau sits on an outcropping of rock that projects upward from the surrounding plains outside of Battambang, Cambodia.
view from Wat Phnom Sampeau
View From Wat Phnom Sampeau
This photo shows the views of the plains surrounding the Wat Phnom Sampeau.

photo of a market in Siem Reap, Cambodia
Siem Reap Market
This is a market in the town of Siem Reap, from where tours or Angor Wat oriniate.

Wat Phnom Sampeau near Battambang, Cambodia
Wat Phnom Sampeau
This man's face also appears on an old Lonely Planet Guide to Cambodia.
photo of a market in Siem Reap, Cambodia
Siem Reap Market #2
This photo shows another market in Siem Reap.

photo of a floating market on Tonle Sap Lake, Cambodia
Tonle Sap Floating Market
Tonle Sap is the largest fresh water lake in Southeast Asis. During the dry season, its waters drain into the Mekong River. During the rainy season, the direction of water flow reverses.

photo of a man at Angor Wat
Man At Angor Wat
photo of pagodas in Phnom Penh
Phnom Penh Pagodas
This photo shows some pagodas near the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

photo of the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Royal Palace #015-15
This is the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

photo of the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Smiling Woman On Boat #034-31
This woman and her husband travel with their boat filled with fruits and vegetables going from floating house to floating house on the Tonle Sap Lake in Cambodia.

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