Cambodia, see through my eyes as I went on a Wilderness Travel adventure to see The Images of Cambodia in 2002. Cambodia, heir to Southeast Asia's might Khmer Empire, is a country of palm-fringed rice paddies, thatched huts, and wonderful temples. Theravada Buddhism is the dominant religion, and Khmer is the official language. For over a century, the second language of choice was French, which is still spoken by many people who grew up before the 1970's. English has recently surged in popularity. Cambodia's classical dance is highly stylized and in this video I have made it the backdrop to some wonderful still pictures of the Angkor Wat temple images that I took. The dances I videoed at the Sofitel Royal Angkor Hotel include an orchestra and some vocals. In addition to the classical dances, I have also included some folk dances.
The Angkor Wat complex of temples are covered with intricate bas-reliefs and scattered widely across a tropical landscape. They are lasting monuments to the glory of a bygone Khmer civilization. The over 300 temples were built between the 9th and 13th centuries to glorify a succession of Khmer kings. They are basically a vast representation of Hindu cosmology and the Hindu-Buddhist universe, with all its symbolism. The grandest and most inspiring temple is the Angkor Wat itself, which one approaches on a road lined with huge, carved balustrades. Most of Angkor was abandoned in the 15th century, and efforts were undertaken to clear away the jungle vegetation that threaten to completely destroy the monuments. The restoration by other governments and non-governmental organizations continues today.
This video is 39 minutes long. Rick Hunt filmed it in March 2002.
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