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Baphuon

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On July 3, 2011, Cambodia’s King Norodom Sihamoni and French Prime Minister Francois Fillon were in Siem Reap for a special ceremony to mark the official opening of the restored Baphuon temple.

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The opening was the culmination of nearly 100 years of work, punctuated by wars, conflict and occupation, made possible by the tireless dedication and optimism of the workers. The final stage, over the last 16 years, has seen a 300-strong team tackle what had become the largest three-dimensional jigsaw puzzle in the world.

Baphuon, as imagined by Lucien Fournereau in 1889. Photo taken in or around Baphuon, Angkor, Cambodia by Nicky Sullivan.

Baphuon, as imagined by Lucien Fournereau in 1889. Photo: Nicky Sullivan

Baphuon temple, though less famous than Bayon, was once described in terms that totally outshone its more famous neighbour; Bayon clearly has a better PR team. Zhou Daghuon, the 13th century Chinese emissary on whom we count for so much information about Cambodia’s history, talked of a “tower of bronze, higher even than the golden tower [Bayon]; a truly astonishing ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 600 words.)


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