20 Detail Photos of Angkor Wat

By Mark Wiens 20 Comments

20 detailed photos from spending a majestic 24 hours at Angkor Wat.  These pictures in black and white add contrast and diversity to further reveal the incredible raised and sunken reliefs and ancient stone creations from the Angkor Wat temples in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

angkor wat temple

carving at angkor wat

hall at angkor wat

angkor wat carving

rock face

colums at angkor wat

buddhist statue

stone feet carving

angkor wat eyes

angkor wat temple with tree

taking a nap

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  • Jason

    14 years ago

    Nice collection. I have never seen the view in photo 11 before. My favourite however, is the feet.

  • Sonya

    14 years ago

    Beautiful photo essay of Angkor Wat! Your choice of black-and-white was brilliant!

  • Dina

    14 years ago

    For someone like me that haven’t been in Angkor Wat, and every time I see the pictures, they always the classic shot ones, I love the detail pictures you captured here. I like the subtleties. A few years ago we went to Borobudur. Most of the people chose to enjoy it from far, or stroll right to the top and have a picnic/chat with their companions. Ryan and I took a slower route, we checked out every terrace, unless it had too much bees (yes, a lot of bee nests up there).

    • Mark Wiens

      14 years ago

      Cool Dina, did you walk all the way around every level? That’s quite a ways! The temples are incredible from far, but for me the most stunning part is the close intricate details. Both of these temple complexes are not just meant to be looked at from a distance, but also right in front of your nose!

  • Brendan van Son

    14 years ago

    Amazing photos well done!

  • This_Journey

    14 years ago

    Great photos, Mark,…and nice composition!

  • Mark Wiens

    14 years ago

    Thank you all for checking out these photos and for the comments!

    @Suresh: Didn’t know that about the bird heads, that’s very interesting, thanks for sharing.

    @Earl: That’s way cool Earl. Angkor Wat is a powerful place!

  • Emily

    14 years ago

    How beautiful! These are really gorgeous photos, and the black and white makes them even more dramatic. Really nice use of shadow.

  • Earl

    14 years ago

    Excellent photos Mark.

    This is actually the place where I decided that travel was going to play a significant role in my life. My long journey began right at Angkor Wat on December 31st 1999.

    Thanks for taking me back for a few minutes!

  • Aaron : BeforeYOUBackpack.com

    14 years ago

    Great shots, I really enjoy photo essay’s that follow a theme and your up close shots put a great spin on a place I’ve seen photographed a thousand times

  • Dave and Deb

    14 years ago

    Great shots Mark. The Black and White photos capture the detail of Angkor beautifully.

  • Bessie

    14 years ago

    Nice pics – love the details. Can’t wait to get there!

  • Gourmantic

    14 years ago

    Nicely done with the B&W. The tree temple looks surreal!

  • Suresh

    14 years ago

    Cool pics. The ‘bird heads’ are called Yazhi! in sanskrit. These were considered as watch guards to protect from evil forces. Reference ~ Hindu Mythology.

  • Eli

    14 years ago

    Nice shots, man! I really like the B&W theme. Ever wonder why all these ancient civilizations put bird heads on statues?