Cambodia #16: the "Roulos" boy

Cambodia #16: the

Cambodia #16: the "Roulos" boy

I met this boy at one of the ruins in the Roulos Group - 37km from Angkor Wat.

Before I met him, there are a couple of other kids who came to us and either asked to have their photos taken or tried to give us some flowers, hoping that we might give them some US dollars in return...

When I saw this boy sitting quietly at the ruin, I wanted to take a shot of him and my wife warned me that I may get myself into trouble. I slowly approached him, raised my camera and he stared into the camera for me. I ended up with a series of shots of him and we shook each other's hand before I went away. No US dollar was involved.

T: M6, 50 F1.5 Nokton @ F1.5, Kodak 400VC film

Taken on: 6th December, 2010. Copyright: All Rights Reserved - See zane&inzane's page of Flickr

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Cambodia's Angkor is, quite simply, one of the most splendid attractions in all of Southeast Asia. Long considered "lost", the ruins of Angkor were never really lost to the Khmers, who have used the monuments as religious sites throughout their history.

The myth of "The Lost Ruins of Angkor" is more suited to an Angelina Jolie film than the history books. The story more or less begins with their being "rediscovered" by Western explorers in the 19th century, beginning with the French botanist Henri Mahout who stumbled across Angkor Wat in 1860. Few remember though that Mahout was led to the site by a Khmer guide and that when he arrived, he found a flourishing Buddhist monastery within the temple grounds.

During the Khmer Rouge period, the ruins were largely left to their own devices.Like most Khmers, even Pol Pot was unable to shake the power of the site, saying in 1977, "If our people can make Angkor, they can make anything."

Never lost, lost then ... Read our complete Angkor travel guide

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