Photos: The Riddle of Ancient Angkor

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The story of ancient Angkor

Credit: Jesse Lewis

The air is so thick with heat that it makes me feel light-headed and dizzy. Strange half- smiling faces stare back from the walls, enticing me to follow...

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As I walk through the ancient city of Angkor in Cambodia, the figures cut into the stone walls, like the land itself, seem to hold their breath waiting in anticipation for the monsoon rains. Losing myself in this sprawl of ruins gone to seed, it is easy enough to imagine being transported back in time. With a little imagination ancient Angkor, the Khmer Empire's seat of power almost 10,000 years ago, comes alive like a strong breeze suddenly whipping up dust in the still and pensive air.

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