via SEA Globe, 16 June 2020:
Finding pockets of solitude in Angkor Wat is one of those rarest of luxuries in normal circumstances.
With 2.2 million visitors, or some 6,000 per day, visiting last year – comparatively low numbers for the World Heritage site in what proved a slow year – it’s also a luxury you could have been forgiven for thinking was long consigned to history.
With its shaded courtyards, solitary libraries, and unlit winding passages, the usual throngs of snap-happy tourists that dominate the site feels at odds with its original purpose as a Hindu religious monument and funerary temple conceived with serenity and sanctuary in mind.
Minus the tourists, ancient Angkor returns to a state of tranquility