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    Posted August 31, 2013 by
    phnom penh, Cambodia
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Cambodia’s spectacular ruins

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    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     JimCA2 is an active iReporter in Cambodia. He photographed the local people between the dates of November 2003 through 2005 while traveling through the country extensively on a motorbike. 'I was trying to bring to light that the discoveries are only discoveries by the western world, for the western world. The Cambodian people have lived around their temples for centuries. Shame on the outsiders to try to lay claim to these wonders. Many of the sacred sites are still used as places of worship,' he said. His seventh image was featured as CNN's Travel Photo of the Day for November 11, 2013.
    - Jareen, CNN iReport producer

    After seeing plenty of temples all over Cambodia, I was convinced that the whole country should have been made into a National Park. Cambodia's rich heritage stretches to all four corners of the country and plenty of places in between.

    Mok Boun (face four) is highly exaggerated at the Bayon Temple in the center of Angkor Thom. The Mok Boun can be found in two other temples in Cambodia. One is at the World heritage site at Banteay Chmar in the far northwest corner of the country and the other is at Prasat Bakan the east end of what is Cambodia's Route 66 that connects the Temples of Angkor to Preah Vihear province. Pics 1-3

    Work is continuing at Banteay Chmar to preserve the condition of the site. pic 4

    About nine kilometers south of Banteay Chmar is Banteay Top (tope) which was an old fortress. pic 5

    North of Siem Reap is Banteay Srei. Living in Cambodia I have had the opportunity to see the country during various seasons. I really enjoy the rainy season. You have to dress for the occasion and protect your camera gear but you get a different perspective. pic 6-7

    Temples are scattered about in various locations in Kampong Cham province which is only a few hours from Phnom Penh. Contrasting seasons seen at Preah Theat in the north west of the province where the temple is covered in lush greenery. In Kampong Cham town Wat Nokor is the largest temple in the province. Seen here in the dry season, as with many sacred sites, newer wats are constructed on or adjacent to the ancient site. pics 8-9

    The roots and trees at Ta Phrom Temple at Ankgor have nothing on the trees at this prasat at Sambor Pre Kuk, just north of Kampong Thom. pic 10 Sambor Pre Kuk if located anywhere else in the world, would be a major tourist attraction. Half way between Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, this Hindu 7th-8th-9th century site sees few visitors. Many of the temples have carvings of Shiva and Vishnu.
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