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December 27, 2011
The Hindu temples of Angkor Wat
The Hindu temples of Angkor Wat are one of the prime attractions for tourists traveling to Cambodia. The temples are most likely one of the greatest examples of ancient Hindu architecture in Asia.
The temples sprawl over an area of about 200 acres and are a testament to the architectural achievements of the powerful Khmer empire. The main features of the complex are the five towers of Angkor Wat, an image which appears in the national flag of Cambodia.
Sacramento Bee photojournalist Bryan Patrick recently traveled to the temples. He said he spent about 50 percent of his time photographing the magnificent temples and the other 50 percent wiping the sweat off his face and trying to keep cool in the high humidity. The photography opportunities were spectacular, especially in the early morning and late evening when the sun dropped to the horizon, he said.
You can read mor about Angkor Wat here
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The East Mebon at Angkor Archaeological Park is a temple with five towers arranged like the numbers on a die atop a base with three tiers. The whole is surrounded by three enclosures. The towers represent the five peaks of the mythical Mount Meru.The temples of Angkor, built by the Khmer civilization between 802 and 1220 AD, represent one of humankind's most astonishing and enduring architectural achievements. The Sacramento Bee / Bryan Patrick


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A Strangler fig tree rises skyward at Ta Prohm Temple. Unlike other temples at Angkor, Ta Prohm has been left as it was found, preserved as an example of what a tropical forest will do to an architectural monument when the protective hands of humans are withdrawn. The Sacramento Bee / Bryan Patrick



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Visitors to the Angkor Wat temple find shelter as a rain storm quickly engulfs the area. The Sacramento Bee / Bryan Patrick



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A temple worker sits on the window seat and waits for the rain storm to pass at Angkor Wat. The Sacramento Bee / Bryan Patrick



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A local woman inside a temple yard waits for tourists to buy things from her. The Sacramento Bee / Bryan Patrick



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A bicycle sits in a temple yard. The Sacramento Bee / Bryan Patrick



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Left: A local girl keeps dry with her Disney umbrella in front of a temple at Angkor Wat. Right: A leaf rests on toppled rocks in the temple of Ta Prohm. The Sacramento Bee / Bryan Patrick



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An umbrella is set to dry on a wall with a view of the moat surrounding Angkor Wat in the distance. The Sacramento Bee / Bryan Patrick



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A little boy sells gifts to tourists outside one of the temples. The Sacramento Bee / Bryan Patrick



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Tourists gather at the top of Phnom Bakheng, a temple in the park and a favorite during sunrises and sunsets. The Sacramento Bee / Bryan Patrick



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The sun sets beyond a storm cloud with the Angkor Wat towers in the foreground. The Sacramento Bee / Bryan Patrick



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An Angkor Wat worker makes his way through the temple. The Sacramento Bee / Bryan Patrick



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Left: Buddist Monks sit on the front steps of the entrance to Angkor Wat. Right: A monk makes his way through the courtyard at Angkor Wat. The Sacramento Bee / Bryan Patrick



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A local boy inside the Ankor Wat grounds takes a pot of hot water back to his home. The Sacramento Bee / Bryan Patrick



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At the temples of Angkor Wat, candles are placed on a child to help relieve back pain from the constant work of carving art work The Sacramento Bee / Bryan Patrick



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Butterflies float above flowers at a temple at Angkor Archaeological Park. The Sacramento Bee / Bryan Patrick



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A park visitor makes her way up the stairs to the Angkor Wat grounds. The Sacramento Bee / Bryan Patrick



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A tuc tuc driver makes his way back to Siem Reip after taking visitors to the park. The Sacramento Bee / Bryan Patrick



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