In response to Daily Post’s Photo Challenge: Transformation
The Sambor Prei Kuk temples (or”temples in the richness of the forest”) are located in Kampong Thom province, in Cambodia. Before all of these amazing archeological finds were discovered, the place was a dense jungle – ancient trees reached up to the sky while the ground below hid countless land mines courtesy of the Khmer Rouge.
Now, the Sambor Prei Kuk temples are a sight to behold – paths to the temples are cleared, and the ground you step on are finally landmine free. The temples aren’t as grand as those in Angkor Wat; nevertheless the place strongly exudes the same quiet, almost eerie atmosphere of a bygone civilization (note that the structures date back to 6th century pre-Angkor times. So they’re definitely way older than Angkor Wat!).
In July 2017, the Sambor Prei Kuk temples become a recent addition to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the second time now for Cambodia.