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My first glimpse of the ancient temple was in the still-dark morning. To my left, I saw the shadowy outlines of the architectural feat I’d waited my entire life to see, and to my right, a veritable wall of people with cameras flashing, all waiting to watch the sun rise over Angkor Wat.

Guarded by giant seven-headed serpent gods high on an obscure mountain, in backcountry disputed by Thailand and Cambodia, is an ancient sacred site that’s not on the regular tourist map.   Surrounded by landmines and bunkers from the Khmer Rouge era, and still caught up in today’s border disputes, Preah Vihear, or “Holy Monastery,” is a mysterious…