Snapshot: Looking Backwards at Angkor Wat

by Jessica Marsden on April 23, 2010

The Back View of Angkor Wat

At Angkor Wat, my friend Catherine and I developed a mantra: Look backwards. As we moved through the temples, the momentum of the crowd was constantly pushing us forward, towards the next building or the next statue. But if we stopped to look behind us, we got an entirely different perspective of whichever temple we were visiting at the time. We saw beautiful statues and small courtyards that we would never have noticed otherwise. And sometimes, this translated into better photos. This is not the typical shot of Angkor Wat as it is “properly” approached, but rather the view from the back gate, which gives a relatively unobstructed view of the iconic central temple.

If you’re going to Siem Reap: Don’t miss this great post from The Road Forks on how to avoid temple fatigue.

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Akila April 24, 2010 at 3:48 am

Aw, thank you for the shout out!

And, I am totally with you on looking back. We got some of our best pictures from behind the temples. I thought the back gate was much prettier than the front especially with the current construction.

arb April 24, 2010 at 5:51 pm

The road less traveled? The view less captured.

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