Inexplicable ancient ruins around the world have stood the test of time for academics and laypeople to ponder and study. Many of the methods used to create these ancient stone cities, temples, and monuments remain rather mysterious.
The ancient Buddhist city-state of Angkor Wat is a miniature replica of the world-system in stone and represents an earthly model of the cosmic world. This is true for all Buddhist stupas and pagodas, which are mandalas in the shape of the 10,000-fold world systems that spread out in all directions, all of them inhabited by other beings.
- The Buddha taught that there are many world systems
- (Wiki) Angkor Wat (Khmer អង្គរវត្ត) was a Hindu then a Buddhist temple complex. It is the largest religious monument in the world. The temple was built by the Khmer King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century in Yaśodharapura (យសោធរបុរៈ, present-day Angkor, Cambodia), the capital of the Khmer Empire, as his state temple and eventual mausoleum. Breaking from the Shaivite tradition of previous kings, Angkor Wat was instead dedicated to Vishnu, whom Hindus relate to the Buddha. As the best-preserved temple at the site, it is the only one to have remained a significant religious center since its foundation. It is the country's prime tourist attraction.
- The modern name Angkor Wat means "Temple City" or "City of Temples" in Khmer: Angkor means "city" or "capital city," is a vernacular form of the word nokor (នគរ), which comes from the Sanskrit word nagara (नगर), like the Buddhist-Pali vihara (monastery/nunnery, temple complex). Wat is the Khmer word for "temple grounds" (Sanskrit: वाट vāṭa ""enclosure"). It was formerly known as Preah Pisnulok (Sanskrit Vara Vishnu-loka), after the posthumous title of its founder.
- 00:35 History and Mythology
- 12:48 3D Reconstruction and Cosmological Alignment
- 18:00 Visual Tour of Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom
- Angkor Wat LiDAR Presentation by Prof. Evans Part 2