“Soaring skywards and surrounded by a moat that would make its European Castle counterparts blush, Angkor Wat is one of the most inspired and spectacular monuments ever conceived by the human mind.”
Sprinkled with gruesome memorials of the Khmer Rouge genocide, the Well of Shadows in Battambang commemorates the 10,000 people killed there. At the top, skulls of the dead are encased in a glass box - at the bottom, bas-reliefs depict the horrors that took place in the woods and rice fields surrounding the memorial.
The inscription on the memorial, with characteristically Cambodian optimism, reads, "The full extent of Cambodia's tragedy will never be known. The remains of some of the victims of this genocide may never be recovered, nor their murderers identified. But the gentle and forgiving Khmer are energetic and optimistic people and will now walk confidently through the well of shadows to reclaim their ancient culture and restore this beautiful land to become again, the legendary paradise of celestial Apsaras."