Guardians of Angkor Thom

Angkor Thom is a walled city in Cambodia, built by King Jayavarman VII during the 12th century. The city remained the capital of the kingdom for 3 centuries and has a square layout covering 9 km. It's surrounded by wide moats, and the causeways leading to each of the 5 gates are lined by 54 gods and 54 demons. This shot is of the line of gods on the bridge leading to the South Gate.

I got back from holiday early yesterday, after a good flight. Feeling really jet-lagged today, but am trying to get back to 'normal' day/night pattern asap. Thanks to everyone who continued commenting and fav'ing even though I didn't reciprocate as much as usual, owing to generally slow or non-existent internet connections. Hopefully my shots will have given a taste of Vietnam and Cambodia, and I'll continue to post more as I sort them out. If you haven't been here, I'd definitely recommend putting both countries on your bucket list.
wow, fascinating
posted November 6th, 2014  
Wonderful shot
posted November 6th, 2014  
Beautiful comp! Looking forward to seeing more pictures of your trip. Definitly will visit there someday!
posted November 6th, 2014  
Superb capture -- so interesting to see all these photos of your holiday !
posted November 6th, 2014  
For a moment I thought the gods were disembodied on first look. What great history. Have enjoyed your shots and look forward to seeing more as I shall not go because of the constraints bipolar disorder puts on travel for me. Thanks for sharing!
posted November 6th, 2014  
It looks like there is a lot of damage. Is this causes by the environment ? Looks like one is quite free of that mold of fungus. Perhaps someone tried to clean it.
posted November 6th, 2014  
Amazing to see these sculptures knowing how old they are! Not disintegrating with tourists visits I hope!
posted November 6th, 2014  
Great sculptures
posted November 6th, 2014  
interesting shot and info
posted November 6th, 2014  
Nice pov on this one.
posted November 6th, 2014  
Great shot and interesting history. Vietnam and Cambodia are on my list of places to visit. Maybe next year. Your photos have been very informative and look forward to more.
posted November 6th, 2014  
JdM
Fascinating image:)
posted November 6th, 2014  
Nice capture, composition
posted November 7th, 2014  
Great pov
posted November 7th, 2014  
So cool
posted November 7th, 2014  
Great capture and interesting info
posted November 7th, 2014  
They are top of my list - and your pics are responsible!
posted November 7th, 2014  
What fantastic sculptures! Great perspective looking along. Can't believe how old they are! Oh I want to go on holiday!!! - Lucy
posted November 8th, 2014  
@quietpurplehaze Thanks for being so positive about my Vietnam/Cambodia photos, Hazel. I'm glad you've enjoyed them, though sorry your opportunities for travel are limited.
posted November 8th, 2014  
@janiskay Yes, there is bound to be some environmental damage after 9 centuries of exposure to the elements, though I guess here it's probably mostly natural weathering rather than destruction from human-made pollutants. There's been some attempt to clean some of the buildings and sculptures, but it seems to be rather haphazard!
posted November 8th, 2014  
@onewing Thanks Babs, for your positive comments about my Vietnam/Cambodia shots. Can certainly recommend a trip there - so much to see and everyone so friendly. Not so far for you either!
posted November 8th, 2014  
@dolphin

The shot which has stuck very visualy in my mind is of the outside privies. I also found your commentary on that shot fascinating and horrifying in equal parts because of the insanitary conditions and the anecdote of the lady who got an (insanitary?) indoor loo from her son but preferred the outdoor one still. Going to watch 'The Mekong River' with Sue Perkins.
posted November 9th, 2014  
@quietpurplehaze Thanks Hazel. I shall be interested to see the Mekong programme too.
posted November 9th, 2014  
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