Angkor Thom was founded by King Jayavarman VII built in the 10th and 11th century. It was built in an almost perfect square and outside its high walls was a wide moat which once housed hungry crocodiles. It is a large complex being over a mile wide and contains many temples and other features. Many of the decorative features are broken in some of the temples such as the Phimeanakas temple. Reconstruction is underway with the broken pieces piled around the edges. Can you imagine the jigsaw skills that would require.
The ancient ruins of Angkor Wat and surrounds are not all that is broken in Cambodia. The people are broken after Pol Pot and his Khmer Rouge movement ruled Cambodia from 1975 to 1979. From a population at this time of 7 – 8 million people 1.5 million died from starvation, execution, disease or overwork. In one detention centre S-21 shown below only seven of the 20,000 people imprisoned there are known to have survived.
I wondered that the sign “no smiling” was necessary. The interior was no smiling matter at all.
The psyche of the people remains broken. They do not understand how one of their own could do this. Recovery is slow and hard.
In response to weekly photo challenge Broken