A PHOTO ESSAY ON CAMBODIA BY: Gunther Deichmann
One of the hundreds of serene and smiling sculpted stone faces that adorn Angkor Wat’s Bayon (Angkor Thom), the official state temple of the Mahayana Buddhist King Jayavarman VII in the 13th century.
A small country with a big history, Cambodia was once the seat of one of Asia’s most magnificent early civilisations – the mighty Khmer empire of Angkor. Its legendary temples once housed millions of inhabitants, but today, its heritage attracts millions of visitors. Aside from the temples, much of the country remains untouristed, and a lot of its appeal derives from its time-warped character which can be witnessed from the forested highlands of the Cardamom Mountains to the floating villages of the great Tonle Sap lake.
Gunter has over 30 years of professional shooting experience, and over the years he’s been dropped into crocodile-infested swamps, uncovered international scoops on crimes against wildlife, and trekked everywhere from the jungles of Cambodia to the Thar Desert in search of that perfect shot. While his work takes him around the globe, Asian destinations like Myanmar, Cambodia and Nepal hold special interest for him.
A monk going about his daily business at Angkor Wat, that largest monument of the Angkor group and the best preserved in Cambodia.
Guided elephant tours take visitors to the many temples of the Angkor complex from the South Gate of Angkor Thom.
Children who live in the many floating villages dotted around Tonle Sap lake tend to get around with a round boat which resembles nothing more than a large bucket
A monk conducting a silent prayer against the serene backdrop of Angkor Thom watched over by one of the 216 gigantic faces that are said to belong to the bodhisattva of compassion called Avalokitesvara or Lokesvara.