Over 2000 year old cities

Challenge #70 in the Diversity series. Hosted by FNG303.
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Theme : pictures of any city/town/village that is still active with people living there. The picture must be within the city limit and not of a ruin some distance away. Provide enough information to avoid unfair disqualification by a lazy and ignorant host who does not want to verify your entry .
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On the surface this may look like a ruin and therefore fall outside our lazy hosts remit, but I'd like to challenge the surface appearance with a little information. Angkor Wat means "City Temple" , built in the city of Angkor (established AD802) during 12th century, it is the largest Hindu temple in the world. Since becoming a UNESCO world heritage site in the 1990s, it now receives in excess of 2 million visitors per year and is a vital component in Cambodia's new tourist economy. It's an active, working, temple with resident holy men, and around which is a thriving market economy with modern infrastructure (roads, water, electricity, commerce) so I'd like to submit that it qualifies.
Submitted: Monday, 30th April, 2012 22:57 (GMT)
Taken: Tuesday, 10th April, 2012
Focal length: 35 mm
Shutter speed: 1/350 sec
Aperture: F13
ISO: 200
Views: 242
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