Mysteries of Asia (2000)

Genres - History  |   Sub-Genres - Armchair Travel, World History  |   Run Time - 60 min.  |   Countries - United Kingdom   |  
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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 northwestern 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.



architecture, Asia, Cambodia, jungle, myth, ruins, temple