Category: Travel Portraits
Photo and caption by David Dewar
800 years ago King Jayavarman VII created Angkor Thom (Great City)including the enormous 12km long moat which surrounds the site. Some 150,000 Khmer people laboured and lived in the city, which was abandoned sometime in the 1500s. These boys escape poverty by risking their lives, tumbling into the murky moat and then running up the royal steps (where once the royal barges moored)to beg for money from the tourists. Their enterprising attitude symbolises the enterprising people of Cambodia rebuilding their lives and nation after the ravages of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge.
Location: Angkor Thom, Cambodia
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