Buddha At Bayon Temple, Angkor Thom, Cambodia
Buddha At Bayon Temple, Angkor Thom, Cambodia (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

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Angkor Wat now on Street View

Buddha At Bayon Temple, Angkor Thom, Cambodia
Matthew Zampa

Google released another take on its Street View on Thursday, this time a 360-degree “temple view” from atop Cambodia’s Angkor Wat. The overgrown network of 100-some temples joins the Taj Mahal and Colorado River as new additions to Google Street View in 2014.

“The temples at Angkor each have a unique story—whether it’s the way they were built, the ancient Khmer cities they sit on, or the artwork they contain,” Google Maps group product manager Manik Gupta wrote on the company’s Asia Pacific blog. “To give you the most complete picture, our team used all the tools available.” They took 90,000 new panoramic images from Street View cars, Trekkers, and tripods to cover the 400-square-mile temple city. It was the first time all three devices were used in one mapping.

Looking for more on the ancient city? The Google Cultural Institute hosts almost 300 exhibits featuring ancient and modern renderings of life in Angkor, all online.

From Outside Magazine, April/May 2021
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