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Hillsides of Kep

Krong Kaeb, Cambodia
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Ruins from A More Extravagant Era Kep  Cambodia

Ruins from A More Extravagant Era

The abandoned home in this picture is one of dozens sitting among the hillsides in Kep, Southern Cambodia. A popular resort town for French colonialists in the early 20th century, these houses were the scene of many luxurious parties in their heyday. Abandoned following the collapse of colonialism in the 1950s, they were taken over by elite Cambodians in the 1960s, who continued to use them as a party front. The homes were abandoned again following the Khmer Rouge takeover in 1975, and remain largely untouched since that era.

Like a post-apocalyptic landscape, these structures rise from the brush and are reminders of a long-gone era in Cambodia's history.