Mysteries Of Asia – Jewels in the Jungle (Documentary)

Angkor Wat is a temple complex at Angkor built in the early 12th century for the king Suryavarman II as his state temple and capital city. As the best-preserved temple at the site, it is the only one to have remained a significant religious centre since its foundation. The temple is the epitome of the high classical style of Khmer architecture.

This episode of the three-part Learning Channel series takes an in-depth look at the many mysteries surrounding the temple ruins at Angkor. Interviewed experts explain that back in 1860, when the first European explorer discovered the ruins in north-western Cambodia, he was told by local residents that the huge structures had either been built by giants or had built themselves. Others would later come up with more practical theories, including those who believed that the temples were built by Jews who migrated to China or by Alexander the Great.

In fact, these 100 or so temples were actually constructed during the reign of the Khmer Empire, between the ninth and 14th centuries. Modern footage and maps provide viewers with additional information about these large temples.

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