Tunneling Monks

12th Novemberth – 10th Decemberth, 2018 

 

Angkor is one of the most important archaeological sites in South-East Asia. Stretching over some 1000 km2, including forested area, Angkor Archaeological Park contains the magnificent remains of the different capitals of the Khmer Empire, from the 9th to the 15th century.

With over 5 million annual visitor, discovering Angkor Wat can either be a shock due to the intensity of its visiting tourists, or a mesmerizing spiritual experience upon contemplating the beauty of this ancient temple.

Mathieu discovered Angkor late in 2015, and was immediately overwhelmed by the energy emitted by it. He travelled back to Angkor Wat in 2017 and 2018. Within the chaos created by the thousands of daily tourists, Mathieu found peace and harmony, as well as deep moments of connection between these ancient temples and some of their visitors. Humans allowed Mathieu to highlight the scale of the temple complex, but it is the buddhist monks visiting and living within the complex that added to the magic. The dramatic imposing scenery combined with the simplicity of the buddhist monks presents an absolutely amazing and unique contrast.

As in the rest of our life, we can either get lost inside the vast chaos we live in, or we can choose to engage and connect with the small daily moments of harmony and beauty.

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