Photos of the Temples of Cambodia

July 31, 2010 / Photography / 18 Comments

I went to Cambodia a couple weeks ago. It’s my first vacation in over a year. Honestly, I don’t fancy vacations; there’s just something infuriating about not having enough time to fully immerse oneself in a foreign culture. Nevertheless, I got to take some breathtaking shots of the Cambodian temples with my brand new dSLR, the Pentax K-x. I even had an enlightenment!

Photos first, enlightenment later.

Photos of Angkor Wat

Moat at Angkor Wat

This is the moat that surrounds the Angkor Wat temple at 5am.

Breaking Dawn at Angkor Wat

This is Angkor Wat at dawn. The Cambodian skies are absolutely gorgeous. On hindsight, it’s probably not the sky that’s beautiful, but that it isn’t littered with skyscrapers like Singapore.

Angkor Wat

This is one of the towers of Angkor Wat. I took this shot from the inside of the building to give it a bit more perspective.

View from Inside Angkor Wat

Another shot of Angkor Wat from the inside.

Apsara at Angkor Wat

One of the hundreds (or was it thousands?) of depictions of Apsara at Angkor Wat. An apsara is a nymph. The Hindus believed that having pictures of apsaras will bring about good luck and ward off evil spirits.

Monk at Angkor Wat

A monk happened to be posing for a group of photographers as I was leaving Angkor Wat. What luck!

Photo of Ta Phrom

Ta Phrom, Angkor Wat Complex

By the time we arrived at Ta Phrom temple, where Tomb Raider was filmed, I was so exhausted under the sweltering heat, I couldn’t be bothered to take photos. This was the only half-decent shot I took.

Photos of Bayon Temple

Entrance to Bayon Temple

The amazing view that surrounds the entrance to Bayon Temple.

Entrance to Bayon

The entrance to Bayon temple.

Bayon Temple

Bayon Temple. This is probably the most magnificent temple of the three I visited at the Angkor Wat complex. I didn’t manage to visit the inside of this temple — not because it was under construction or anything…

…I was simply paralyzed by uneasiness as I approached the temple steps. Partially, it was fear. Due to an accident some years ago, I am afraid of heights. You could say that I’m trying too hard to rationalize my fear, but another part of the uneasiness came from a voice within. Something was telling me that I wasn’t ready to walk in yet. It was telling me that I spent all my time acquiring new skills to advance my career, strategizing the most efficient way to lead life that I had begun to neglect my spiritual and physical well-being. It was telling me that I had to learn to balance mind, body and soul before I could gain the right to step in.

So I’m taking life a little slower and trying not to suppress my soul so much. Hopefully, I’ll achieve that balance within this lifetime.

My Favorite Photo Taken in Cambodia

To end my entry, here’s my favorite photo from the entire trip. No post-processing was done.

Silver Pagoda Complex at Royal Palace

This is taken at the Silver Pagoda complex at the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh. I loved how the silver stupa blends with the silver sky. I felt a strong connection with the structure. I couldn’t really identify the feeling but it sure helped capture this shot.

Anyway, hope you enjoyed the photos as much as I’ve enjoyed taking them! You can find more photos on my Flickr photostream.


  • http://aigoo-chamna.net Tara

    Gorgeous! These pictures are breathtaking! I never had any desire to visit places like this, but your pictures and my friend’s experience is making me reconsider! . . . Though I very much would choose Tokyo/Kyoto/Osaka over Cambodia at this point in time, but for further future choices . . . tempting!

    • http://nanyate.com Ivy

      Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka are probably better places. Hahaha! But given that you’re in Korea, Cambodia might be a more interesting getaway for you. πŸ˜›

  • http://simply-precious.net Simply Precious

    Wow, that is a huge statue in front of Bayon Temple!

    When I first looked at your favorite picture, and before I read what it was or anything, I was thinking “Wow, that is a really nice picture, I love how the color of the sky matches the building”, and that’s what you liked about the picture!

    Wow, that was some enlightenment. I need to get that balance back too. I had it, but lately, it’s always “work, work, work”. Haha.

    • http://nanyate.com Ivy

      LOL! Yeah… work’s taking over our lives!

  • soyuzno

    Holy biscuits! These photos are amazing! Also breathtaking, like Tara said. Maybe I should go to Cambodia as well. It seems so exotic.

  • http://icelava.net Aaron Seet

    good work with the shadows and lighting. looks like you have gotten a sense of your cam’s metering.

  • http://misadventureswithandi.com Andi

    Gorgeous photos!

  • http://www.mariacelina.net Maria Celina

    Beautiful shots, Ivy. (Okay, I mistyped and wrote “Beautiful shits.”, which makes me think it’s time to renew toiletrev.com, even though we couldn’t think of any purpose for the thing.) I especially am drawn to the first shot. The sky reminds me of those fruit Mentos candies. I also love the shot (again, I almost wrote “shit”.. what gives?!) with the monk posing for photographers.

    Glad to know that you’re enjoy your new camera. =)

  • http://kisschanel.com chanel

    Great photography. I didn’t know Cambodia was so beautiful.

  • http://twentyfourcarat.net Katy

    Cambodia is soo beautiful! I wanted to go there during my Asia trip too but I had no time and I definitely wanted to spend more time there.

    • chhon thyna

      Awesome!!!I am a represent of Cambodian people really thanks so much by my honesty for you that Cambodia could captured your sight!!!Yes, i wish you could have time in order to visit in Cambodia…..!!!!

  • http://justjennifer.me Jenny

    very awesome πŸ˜€ i wish there was stuff like that to take pics of near me. :(

  • http://ibran.me Brandy

    Gorgeous pictures Ivy. Looks like you had a nice time. :)

    • Harinath

      Yes Good pictures

  • Harinath

    Really Good Pictures… It seems you enjoyed alot—

  • Koh Samrach

    Brilliant pictures!!

  • anna m. simmons

    i love your pics of Angkor, i went last year and loved it there!

  • http://retriever-louisettesblogs.blogspot.com/ Louisette

    Wonderfull fotos , greeting from Belgium