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Straddling the Cambodia border, atop of the extinct volcano of Phanom Rung, is one of the most magnificent Angkorian structures outside of Cambodia.  Prasat Phanom Rung is a temple dedicated to Shiva and on a major pilgrimage route stemming from Angkor Wat to Phimai in Thailand.

To this day, Buddhist pilgrims come and honor this site, a symbol of the religion from which their stems, much in the same way Christians visit Jewish sites.

Leading up to the main monument are a series of ornate, paved walkways called Naga Bridges.

This picture is one of my favorites from the site, contrasting the natural tones of the trees and grey stonework with the bright, artificial, and some might argue spiritual, colors of the saffron robes the Buddhist monks wear.

Benjamin Williams

Hi all, my name is Ben. I’m a native Michigander with a passion for human culture and new places, and more than that, new experiences. I have degrees in archaeology and writing, pursuing a career in the latter. However, I never quite lost that fascination for archaeological theory. For the past 9 years, I’ve been living and travelling in Asia, documenting ancient sites and the peoples who built them, and then adapting them into practical archaeological travel information at PathsUnwritten.com.

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