via Phnom Penh Post, 16 August 2022: When waiting for the golden hour really pays off…
Pictures and video clips of the Angkor Wat temple, its spires seemingly coated in gold, have been shared tens of thousands of times on social media, prompting a sense of wonder among those who have seen them.
Hong Sam Ath, who took the pictures and video and posted them to his Facebook account, is a tourist agent for the Apsara National Authority (ANA). He said the images, which have been widely published by online media outlets, were captured from behind the temple.
“I shot them on August 12 at 6:03 in the morning,” he told The Post, adding that he could not explain the phenomenon as he was not an expert in science or archeology.
“I am just happy that I saw the golden temples with my own eyes and was able to share them on social media. I do not want to be famous – I just shared them on my personal account,” he said.
Regarding any mystical explanations, the ANA, which is tasked with managing the Angkor Archaeological Park, said it was likely a natural phenomenon.