The Leper King Terrace

high-definition creative commons photographs from the so-called Leper King Terrace in Angkor, Cambodia, showing notable characters from the reliefs, carvings on the walls, some unfinished, together with further information.

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The Leper King Terrace is located near to Bayon. It was built in the Bayon style under Jayavarman VII, though its modern name derives from a 15th century sculpture discovered at the site. The statue depicts the Hindu god Yama, the god of Death. He was called the Leper King because discoloration and moss growing on the original statue was reminiscent of a person with leprosy, and also because of a Cambodian legend of an Angkorian king who had leprosy.

Text adapted from Wikipedia (retrieved, March 3rd 2010)

The first photograph above shows a replica of the the original statue, which is now in the National Museum, Phnom Phen. The second is of the terrace itself. Thereafter the photographs are of notable characters found on the walls. Notice the unfinished work on some of the reliefs, which were never completed.

Photographs by Anandajoti Bhikkhu

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