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Archive for June, 2008

epitaph

Small carving found on the Golden Mount, Bangkok.

I’ll be in Vietnam next week exploring Saigon and Hanoi.

Photos to follow.

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hand of buddha

Wat Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai.

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Guard at the Grand Palace in Bangkok:

land of smiles

land of smiles

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One afternoon along Sothearos Boulevard, Phnom Penh:

vendor

Vendor selling some sort of meat snack.

schoolkids

Kids let out of school at 5pm. Instant traffic jam.

phillies fan

Peace.

haircut

$0.50 for an open-air haircut.

motorbike repair

Hanging tires signals a roadside motorbike repair station.

what?

Random slogan on the wall of a construction site. Not sure what this even means.

pipes

Playing with pipes at a specialty shop along Sothearos.

sharpening

Man sharpening knives.

knives

strange ancient furniture

A store claiming to sell “strange” and “ancient” furniture. Not really.

recycling

Scavenging for bottles to recycle outside a beer garden.

glass case

Transporting a glass case. Disaster waiting to happen.

curiousity

Curious.

laugh

Car washer taking a break.

biking

tenements

Squatters’ tenements near St. 294.

street sign

Street sign in need of some maintenance.

push

Cars are usually left in neutral so they can be pushed to new parking spots.

traffic

Traffic at dusk.

sothearos

More from Sothearos Boulevard here.

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bad karma

I know Cambodia doesn’t have public bathrooms, but seriously:

bad karma

On Angkor Wat? Your most treasured national monument? Can’t you duck in the jungle or find a tree or something?

C’mon, man. Not in front of the tourists.

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32 sothearos

This relic of French Indochina is one of Phnom Penh’s most photographed buildings. It’s also a bit of a mystery. Built in the 1920’s when the capital was dubbed the “Pearl of Asia,” the mansion is one of Phnom Penh’s few surviving colonial buildings. 32 Sothearos Boulevard doesn’t have a name or a recorded history, and most people refer to it as something along the lines of “that old colonial building.” A perfect example of urban decay.

colonial building

Decades of war, neglect, and decay have all taken their toll.

facade

I had photographed the building a while back, and always wanted to go inside for a more in-depth exploration.

mansion

The rent-a-cop lounging at the entrance was more interested in watching the clouds than keeping me from poking around for a while. His indifference was a little disappointing as it took away the usual thrill of infiltrating an abandoned building. The German tourist I ran into inside also didn’t help.

abandoned

All sorts of random stuff cluttered the first floor: tools, drying clothes, chairs, bags of cement, a microwave. The second floor was apparently the living quarters for the handful of construction workers that wandered about, oblivious to my presence.

abandoned

Each room seemed to have a single chair in it.

2nd floor

2nd floor

english lesson

Most abandoned buildings tend to attract graffiti, and this was no exception. Here’s an English lesson on verbs, written on a bathroom wall.

abandoned

The FCC recently purchased the building, and renovation is almost underway to transform it into a 24-room faux-colonial luxury hotel complete with pool and French bistro. Construction is supposed to start mid-2008. Preservationists must love this, but I hoped it would be turned into something more people could enjoy. At least it won’t be torn down.

doorway

Rest of the Flickr set here

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Some black & white experiments with the temples of Angkor:

ta prohm

ta prohm

bayon

deity

face

stangle

door

Full set here.

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