Off to Angkor

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I’ll be taking a short break from the blog as I’ll be heading up to see the Angkor temples for a long-awaited holiday. There won’t be any news updates from now until the coming week, although if all goes well, news updates will resume on Thursday, 5th July. In the meantime, I’ve lined up a series of posts relating to Angkor and Cambodia. To start with, I’ve finally gotten down to making the paper model of Angkor Wat:

How to make an Angkor Wat.

1. Download the instructions and paper template of Angkor Wat – remember to print and enlarge the template of heavy paper. The larger the better!

2. Cut out the base and paste the first storey of the temple.

3. Cut and paste the inner set of ramps to the first floor.

4. Very carefully fold and set the outer wall. This bit is tricky because the wall can be quite flimsy!

5. Add the roof to the inner sanctuary.

6. Position the centre tower. This is the Mount Meru!

7. I thought the outer wall was difficult, but I was wrong. The really tricky bit is constructing the towers. It also didn’t help that the model I worked with was all of 2″ square. So the outer towers looked really, really bad.

8. … and finally, the final entry ramps on the outer courtyard.

And it’s done! Your very own Angkor Wat. Mine, actually. It’s not very hard to make, but on hindsight I wish I had printed it on very much larger card. It took me all of two hours to finish constructing this paper model.

Stay tuned to SEAArch for more Angkor-themed posts starting from Monday! In the meantime, if you haven’t already done so, please cast your vote for SEAArch for theBest Education Blog category in the Blogger’s Choice Awards!

Looking for books about Angkor Wat?
Angkor Cities and Temples by C. Jaques
The Treasures of Angkor: Cultural Travel Guide (Rizzoli Art Guide) by M. Albanese
Angkor: Cambodia’s Wondrous Khmer Temples, Fifth Edition by D. Rooney and P. Danford
Angkor Wat: Time, Space, and Kingship by E. Mannikka
Angkor Wat and cultural ties with India by K. M. Srivastava

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