The Temples of Angkor: a virtual tour of “The lost kingdoms of the Khmer empire”
I was interested in checking out some locations where Google Earth has used their cameras to explore a local “wonder.” I found a listing for Angkor, Cambodia, where “thousand-year-old temples lie hidden in the jungle, and ancient cities and roads trace a path to the lost kingdoms of the Khmer empire.” Five temple sites were listed: Banteay Srei; Beng Mealea; Angkor Wat; Angkor Thom, and Ta Prohm.
The “camera visit” through these sites is superb. In some cases, the person bearing the camera actually went off the tour path to climb through the debris, which gives the viewer a thorough visual of the ruins.
If you enjoy antiquities and want to spend some time “climbing” and walking about in these beautiful locations, click on the Angkor, Cambodia link above and it will take you to the web page where you can access all of the listed temple locations and participate in a full tour of each site. Take your time as it’s really fun to meander and get a good look at these ancient attractions.
Below are photos I clipped from the tours to show how beautiful these sites are, and to show, as well, how accessible they are for a virtual visit. Many of the photos include the arrows you use to direct yourself around a site.
BANTEAY SREI: this is the smallest site.
ANGKOR WAT: this is a large site
This temple is just north of Angkor Wat.
TA PROHM: this site is under conservation repair
These temples are fascinating. The tours are thorough and you’ll get an excellent visit of sights you might otherwise never have a chance to see. If you’re looking for in-house diversion and an interesting way to pass some time, take a trip to Cambodia.