Review: Virtual Angkor: Reimagining Cambodia’s Temple-City

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Period10 Feb 2022

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  • TitleReview: Virtual Angkor: Reimagining Cambodia’s Temple-City
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletSmithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C
    Media typeWeb
    Duration/Length/Size1400 words
    Country/TerritoryUnited States of America
    DescriptionThe digital project Virtual Angkor ( aims to recreate the sprawling Cambodian metropolis of Angkor at the height of the power and influence of the Khmer Empire (802–1431) in the twelfth century (fig. 1). At that time, the kingdom extended its domain across a vast swath of territory, encompassing not only Cambodia but most of present-day Thailand and the southern provinces of Laos and Vietnam. Archaeologists, art historians, and other researchers have determined that the empire was home to an estimated seven hundred and fifty thousand inhabitants dispersed across the land. Virtual Angkor strives to be a comprehensive, interactive, visual representation of Angkorian life (fig. 2). It is a unique resource for the study of Southeast Asia in its collaborative approach between archaeologists, historians, and virtual-history specialists based in Australia, Cambodia, and the United States. Each aspect of the website is designed to bring Angkor to life through a series of teaching modules and interactive illustrations that give a refreshing new perspective on the temple-city (fig. 3).

    Producer/AuthorEmma Natalya Stein
    PersonsThomas Chandler