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While strolling along the banks of Siem Reap River, I noticed this young man sitting on a concrete bench near a beautifully ornate lamppost. He seemed to be having a moment of reflection, maybe wishing for some answers to the questions in his mind or hoping for some enlightenment...

Flowing through the city, the Siem Reap River has always had significant importance for Khmer people throughout centuries.

Although being a relatively short river with a length of only 150 km from its origin at Phnom Kulen and Kbal Spean to its end at Tonle Sap Lake, it was considered highly sacred, just like the Ganges River in India, during the Angkorian period when Hinduism was the official religion of the Khmers. The river's water was believed to have the power to bring wisdom and prosperity, and to bless people, animals and crops with luck as it flowed over many sacred Hindu stone carvings placed in the riverbed near its origin, Phnom Kulen, which itself served as a place of convention, meditation, learning and enlightenment...

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