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Khmer Smile: Angkor. ©NHK 1970
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Khmer Smile: Angkor

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The Angkor Dynasty flourished here between the 9th and 15th centuries. It ruled a vast territory, and hundreds of stone buildings remain its legacy. Outstanding among them is the Angkor Wat. It is a Hindu temple complex and one of the largest religious monuments in the world. Stories of the creation of the universe adorn the long corridor walls. There are reliefs of magnificent Goddesses. Modelled on the king's dancers and court ladies, the costumes and accessories suggest cultural sophistication. The damage on the Goddess here is due to destruction during the country's recent civil war. When peace came in 1992, UNESCO inscribed Angkor on the World Heritage List, as well as the World Heritage in Danger List to save it from further destruction and looting. The Sophia University of Japan formed the Angkor survey group team in 1980. The ruins were studied and restored. Local people were trained to carry out work.

Place/Country: Cambodia
Series: NHK World Heritage 100
Type: Documentary
Credits: NHK, producer. UNESCO WHC, co-producer ; UNESCO TV, co-producer.

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