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Angkor Wat to be rebuilt in Korean 3D technique

(Photo: Yonhap News)

The Korea’s Educational Broadcasting System (EBS) in corporation with Cambodian National Television Kampuchea (TVK) is producing a 3-D documentary on the Khmer Empire and Angkor Wat.

A two-episode documentary, “Angkor Wat” will cover the Khmer Empire during the 12th and 13th century and the world heritage sites built during that time. It will be shot using special 3-D techniques.

This is the first time a program depicting the UNESCO World Heritage site will use 3-D film.

The reason EBS chose Angkor Wat for its first attempt using this technology is that the temple is uniquely well suited to 3-D representation. The temple is mainly made of wood and sandstone, which lends its surface to painting and engravings.

(Photo: Yonhap News)

In the first episode, viewers will be able to see how it was built and explore some of the mysteries the lie behind the temple. The second episode will deliver stories of Jayavarman VII, the man responsible for building Angkor Thom, the capital of the Angkor Empire, as well as exploring the lifestyle of the kingdom.

Except for some aerial shots, every scene will be in 3D.

The program’s producer, Kim Yu-yeol, says that Korea’s 3-D techniques will be spotlighted for the overseas market and will compete against documentaries by other major channels, like England’s BBC and Japan’s NHK.

The show will air in January of 2011.

By Cindy Ji-Eon Kim Staff Writer

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