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Google Street View takes you on a tour of Angkor's thousand-year-old temples
Google Street View has been offering up much prettier sights than your local corner shop for quite a while now. Google has already collected various panoramic shots of the California National Parks, taken us onto the pitch at London’s Wembley Stadium, and has even gone diving in the Galapagos Islands. This time, the Street View team has compiled a collection of over 90,000 panoramic images of Angkor Wat’s famous temples in Cambodia.
The photographs were taken during sunrise at more than 100 unique historical sites, including the Temple of Bayon and the famous The Churning of the Ocean of Milk relief. Google’s motive is simply to share this unique cultural and archaeological experience with people who ordinarily wouldn’t visit the area.
“We hope this new imagery will not only let people experience the scale and beauty of Angkor wherever they are, but also demonstrate how technology can change the way cultural treasures are preserved for generations to come.” Manik Gupta, Group Product Manager, Google Maps
As well as the huge collection of panoramic images, the Google Cultural Institute is running an online exhibit about Angkor and Khmer culture in the world wonders section. Here you’ll find a collection of 12th-century sculpture, modern-day illustrations depicting the daily life in medieval Angkor, and photographs from the mid-20th century.
Anyway, you should really go and check it all out for yourselves. If you’d like a quick tour of the sights, Google has also put together the video below.
Alternatively, if you’d like to check out the views for yourself, head on over to the Angkor Google Maps page and select your desired viewpoint. Happy exploring.