Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Not like the old days

I'm still disappointed about the tree-felling at Preah Palilay in Angkor Thom. Not to mention the monk who asked me for cash-for-photos. But I'm not surprised about either. The trees must be having a detrimental effect on the chimney-style shrine, though they've left the roots where they are which is a bit puzzling. As for the monk, life as a novice isn't a bed of roses and trying to cash in on a tourist's predilection for photos of orange-clad monks at temples is a good scam if you can get away with it, you just don't expect it from a monk. As for the atmosphere of Preah Palilay, yes it's not the same but it's still a nice temple in a quiet, pleasant corner of the city of Angkor Thom where just a few hundred metres away the hordes of asian tour groups are milling around the Terrace of the Leper King and the Bayon. Here's a then and now look at Preah Palilay.
Then...(courtesy of Nick Ray)
and now...(courtesy of me)



Anonymous Eric said...

I think, Nick went there, took some shots before cutting down the trees. He knew you were comming... :-)

March 3, 2009 2:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Look ugly without the trees, but look dangerous with the trees.

March 5, 2009 8:50 AM  

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