There are many temples of the Angkor complex, just outside Siem Reap. Angkor Wat is the grandest, the jewel in the crown, and a symbol of national Khmr pride.
Almost exactly 155 years after Henri Mouhot first visited the site, we followed.
“One of these temples—a rival to that of Solomon, and erected by some ancient Michelangelo—might take an honorable place beside our most beautiful buildings. It is grander than anything left to us by Greece or Rome, and presents a sad contrast to the state of barbarism in which the nation is now plunged.”