Ready to travel? To virtually explore the world? Join us on a virtual field trip to Angkor Wat!
Located in Cambodia, the Angkor Wat Temple is one of the largest religious monuments in the world. Originally dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu, Angkor Wat became a Buddhist temple by the end of the 12th century. After falling into disrepair due to earthquakes and war, the site is now a spot for tourists who visit the complex specifically in the morning to see the sun rise over the temple.
See our video tutorial on using Google to explore Angkor Wat. Below is the process step-by-step, along with additional activities and library resources.
Google Angkor Wat. Click on the map view.
Zoom in close to the site and pick up the street view tool and select a location to drop.
Explore by clicking on the arrows and x’s to virtually explore the complex. Use the back arrow at top left to go back to the map and drop street view tool again in another part of the site.
Using the library’s database, World Geography and Culture Online, research the country of Cambodia. Where is it located? What type of government do they have? Share what you have learned with friends and family.
Theravada Buddhists practice meditation. Learn more about meditation and give it a try by creating mini Zen gardens with supplies from home. Learn more here.
Another symbol for Buddhism is the mandala. A mandala is a geometric configuration of symbols. Mandalas are used to focus attention as a spiritual guidance tool and meditation. Linked below are mandalas ready to print and color, and you can see our Make a Mandala workshop recording here.
The Secret of the Sacred Temple: Cambodia by Elizabeth Singer Hunt
Who is the Dalai Lama? by Dana Meachen Rau
The Last King of Angkor Wat (Physical item) by Graeme Base