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					This is Cambodia

           Be a passenger in Cambodia,
           from a peaceful mind,
           to this mysterious place,
           falling in love with the children,
           coming back to the forest,
           appreciating the naive smiles ...


           Finally,
           We lost in the Bayon stones,
           in this mysterious land,lost ...


           —— This is Cambodia
                                By Ray    2008/09
                          http://www.Ray4u.com
                      overtheland@hotmail.com
In Angkor Wat, Hindu basso-relievo exist everywhere.
What we see today has endured years of history.        ——Angkor Wat
Strolling these window mullions, tourists are carrying a travel of traversing the
time and space.                                                  ——Angkor Wat
Angkor Wat is famous for the
attractive APSARA ( fairy ),
which is totally more than 3000
carved on the wall.
They are expression-diversed
and with more than 30 hair-
styles.


These two APSARA are very
unusual because their teeth is
exposed .


                ——Angkor Wat
Here, I encounter the first child in my snapshot ——Angkor Wat
Not only Angkor Wat be suffering the nature forces invading ,
but also the destroy from human being.                        ——Angkor Wat
Lying on the ground,
I hold up my camera,
and aim at a lotus tower in the far.

A seemingly Japanese tourist,
puts his hand into my lens friendly,
and pile a little stones continuously.

I click the shutter in a hurry,
and make this picture.
What a great moment,
exchanging a simple smile in such an
atmosphere.

—— This is Cambodia,
A place that make you peaceful.

                       ——Angkor Wat
There are series of basso-relievo on the cloister of Angkor Wat.
This is the most popular one “Churning of the Ocean of Milk”
Most tourists wouldn’t miss the sunrise and sunset in Angkor Wat.
At both sides of the road to Angkor Thom, we can see Ashura’s statue.
                                                     —— Angkor Thom
Under the familiar smiles,
Khmer Elephants are
driven towards Bakheng,
Where lots of tourists are
waiting for riding them to
mountain Bakheng to see
the sunset.

         —— Angkor Thom
The relic under setting sun —— Bakheng sunset
The last moment of sunset, is always short.
If you miss it, you have to wait for the next samsara.
                                                         —— Bakheng sunset
Band composed of Cambodian mine victims, whose part of bodies were captured by the war tragedy.
Nowadays, they take their land as stage, and integrate notes with emotion.
The sun has already set, but their music will not end.                 —— Bakheng sunset
The famous ‘Dead Fish’ restaurant,
Which is three wooden structures,
referred to the local architectural
style of ‘Khmer room’ with long leg.

Everybody sits on ground, even lies.
It is comfortable and unrestricted
when having dinner here.

Furthermore, every night, Khmer
dance shows in the middle of the
first floor. Sitting upstairs, you can
see each part of this restaurant, and
the field of vision would be more
open.


          ——DEAD FISH, Siem Reap
Going through those Bayon head pictures, just like exploring in a labyrinth.   ——
In order to escape from the crowd, I stand on a stone step temporarily.
At the moment I turning back, I find the distance is so close between us. I am the one in them.
                                                                                                  ——Bayon
Thick lips, Wide noses, and Long ears,
with such an imposing appearance,
they are looking at you,
eyes slightly downward.

Ubiquitous…


                    ——Angkor Thom
I put my camera bag, the intimate
who follows my entire journey, into
the composition of this picture,
having a daydream of this
mysterious Bayon together.


                        ——Bayon
It is quiet here.

tourists tends toward few speaking.
More people choose to
shot quietly,
explore quietly,
listen quietly…

Or,
 just sitting among the head pictures,
feeling quietly with eyes closed.


                          ——Bayon
Each day,
Angkor’s sun falls at this moment.
The clergy in orange and golden,
set under the afterglow of the sun,
endows the stones breath.



                             ——Bayon
Tranquil Khmer smile under the afterglow.   ——Bayon
Worshipping on bended knees,
on a step under a wisp of sunlight,
stroking the trace of history.




                                ——Bayon
A student sketches pictures and sells his works.   ——Bayon
The space and time congeals
via this door.

At that side of this door,
he seemed not in the
identical world with you.




                    ——Bayon
At last, I took this picture of a deep and
serene Bayon.

How many gates do we have to go
through before arriving at the
destination?
How many people do we have to interact
with before learning the zen?


                                ——Bayon
The trace of war —— Leper King Terrace
Khmer King’s parade terrace,
famous with the elephant statuary,
on which you are standing,
imaging you were the Khmer king
with golden crown,
and parading the infantry, cavalry,
carriage and fight elephant troop.


              ——Elephant Terrace
A sacrificing Khmer old man   —— Preah Khan
Anywhere and anytime, you seems in an exploration—— Ta Prohm,Lonely Planet
Old trees on the mysterious
relic to empyrean.
Defender?
Or destroyer……



——Ta Prohm
With guidance of a local boy, we try to follow an unusual route to explore Khmer relic.
Cambodian Zidane


              —— Pre Rup
The local “PUBLIC TAXI”, is accepted by lower price, but with more dangerous.
Just as the driver told us, lots of accidents occurred every year.
                                                                   ——Phimeanakas & The Royal Palace
The most fancy art statuary in Angkor,
with exquisite carve,
and wonderful workmanship.

                      ——Banteay Srey
The deposition of history,
Makes them golden.

    ——Banteay Srey
I encountered a charming girl
in front of the gate.

        ——Banteay Srey
Naughty boy —— the way to Kompong Phhluk
Familiar scene just like in an old movie —— Kompong Phhluk
Kompong Phhluk
Diving child with pleasure—— Kompong Phhluk
Pupils are very happy after school
with their schoolbags on.
Pure eyes that evoking our old
memories.


        —— Kompong Phhluk
They said ‘hi’ to me,
and then turn back running away,
on this simple road,
crammed with their memory of
childhood.


       —— Kompong Phhluk
The cros-eyed brother and
sister make you emotianal.
         ——Kompong Phhluk
Kompong Phhluk
Whatever starveling or rich,
it is hard to forget the buddies in
childhood.

         —— Kompong Phhluk
Kompong Phhluk
You can’t help raising a
lens infected by these
straightfoward eyes and
smiling come out from
everybody’s deep heart.

—— unnamed school
Dreaming of returning to my primary school —— unnamed school
Forest Gan —— unnamed school
On the way from Seam Rep to
Phnom Penh, lacal inhabitants
are selling barbeque chiken
and baked rice in bamboo.

——Seam Rep to Phnom Penh
A boy and a girl are selling BBQ bananas on the road to Sihanouk Port.
The childhood beside seashore, just seeing sunrise and sunset together. ——Sihanouk Port
Khmer seawater streaming under the rising sun —— Sihanouk Port
In the night of Sihanouk Port,
Happy Hour at the beach,
Delicious BBQ with Cambodian
    prawn.




               —— Sihanouk Port
National Museum   —— Phnom Penh
Pigeons inhabit on the roof of
Imperial palace.
Overwhelming golden here in
the sunshine.

            ——Phnom Penh
Outside the wall of Imperial palace.

                   ——Phnom Penh
One corner of Imperial palace.

        ——Phnom Penh
Cambodian Imperial palace under the afterglow   —— Phnom Penh
                   THE END
More pictures and information about my Cambodia journey at
                      www.Ray4u.com

				
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