Ta Keo Temple. Photo credit: Karen Kao

The Curious Monkey Goes To ...

Angkor Wat.

Banteay Kdei. Photo credit: Karen Kao
Curious Monkey in Angkor Wat. Photo credit: Karen Kao

Why write words when photographs can do so much? There aren’t enough cameras in the world to capture all that is beautiful in the temple complex of Angkor Wat. Here are some of my favorite pics, snapped while temple trekking.

You’ll find photos of a different kind in this week’s blogpost: Apsara. Most of those images came from an amazing gallery cum museum called Theam’s House. Like so many origin stories in Cambodia, this one starts in tragedy and heads toward hope. Lim Muy Theam was 9 years old when the Khmer Rouge fell and Vietnam invaded Cambodia. His family fled to France, where Theam trained as an artist and designer. He returned to Cambodia in 1993 to help preserve and reinvigorate the country’s arts and cultural artifacts. 

Between the temple trekking and the gallery hopping, I’ve also found time to do some reading and writing. Words without Borders and Electric Literature have put together, respectively, a collection of Khmer writing over time and a very recent panel discussion among young Cambodian-American writers looking to tell their own tale. You can read my review in Khmer Stories.

Next stop? The Curious Monkey Goes to ... Hoi An.

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