You wait for three months for a new Basho Film and then two come along at once!


In this film we visit amazing Angkor Wat, Cambodia and the other “Temples of Angkor”

Angkor Wat (or Angkor Vat) (Khmer: ?????????), is a temple complex at Angkor, Cambodia, built for the king Suryavarman II in the early 12th century 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—first Hindu, dedicated to Vishnu, then Buddhist. The temple is the epitome of the high classical style of Khmer architecture. It has become a symbol of Cambodia, appearing on its national flag, and it is the country’s prime attraction for visitors.

After spending 3 days over Xmas 2008 in Siem Reap, and recording over 2 hours of footage of our exploration of these amazing structures, I couldn’t help but make a short film to celebrate them.

However, Understanding Angkor is not easy, so I enlisted the help from the MP3 library of philosopher Alan Watts.

There is a lot more to say about Angkor, it is by far the best temple complex I have ever visited, but this will await the blog entry on the area, which is 50% complete.

Hope you enjoy, and please leave a comment.

Temples of Angkor from Basho Matsuo on Vimeo.

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