World Ch. Schedule : WED 09:05 KST
* Date : 2014-07-23
Siem Reap, the entire city is a cultural heritage of Cambodia.
Angkor ruins, best exemplified by Angkor Wat, represent the brilliant culture of the Khmer from a thousand years ago. However, the ruins of Angkor today are damaged from wartime and robbery that the glorious appearance from the past can no longer be found at the sight. This production covers the ongoing restoration project to reproduce the glory of Angkor ruins from the long past.
The reproduction of the City of Gods
A thousand years ago, the kings of Khmer of Cambodia served gods and also wanted to become divine themselves. For the sake of gods they serve, and to become close to those gods, the Khmer kings built temples. From Jayavarman VII's Bayon temple to Suriyavarman II's Angkor Wat, all of the constructions are magnificent. However, people's greed and selfishness damaged the ruins and erased the glory of the past, and today, nations from around the world stepped up to revive the ruins of Angkor.
An injection for stones, a cure solution for stones?
The Khmers used the building method of laying one stone upon another, without the use of glue or anchor. The collapsed stones from war and robbery damages shattered in pieces, wore out, and lost structures as they were bearing through the long period passed. Seeking the best use of the remaining stones for restoration through a lot of research, professional restorers came up with a solution: 'inject a shot on the stone!'
Angkor is a hydraulic city
A city floating on the water, Angkor. This means that water essentially controls the fate of Angkor ruins. Decreased precipitation and increased number of tourists threaten the safety of Angkor ruins. The direction professionals took to protect the ruins is to follow how ancestors set up the whole system to function. What was the project the Khmers from a thousand years ago established that enabled the city to keep the structural safety of the city?
The effort to revive the glory from a thousand years past, and the remaining project
In the past, Angkor ruins' biggest threats used to be robbery and war; however, in recent years, are the tourists.
Old temples have a risk of damage just from a lot of people walking around the sight, and tourists?constant touch wears out the ruins. If these patterns continue for many years, the ruins might eventually lose its shape completely. Professionals are working hard to protect the Angkor ruins, and we question what we need to do to help the same goal.