ON a visit to Cambodia last December, I was fortunate to see the magnificent Temples of Angkor. It is truly a breathtaking sight a" the vast stone structures built by the Khmer civilization between the 9th and 13th century, one of the finest architectural achievements in the history of civilizations.
The more than 100 stone temples are what remain of a grand religious and social hub in the jungles of Cambodia many centuries ago. The Temples of Angkor can rival the famous monuments of ancient Rome in breadth and intricacy of design. It is humbling to witness what ancient people were able to build, an incredible feat of architecture even in our modern times.
The temples were rediscovered by French explorers in the 1860s and have since been the subject of extensive scholarly research. A lot of work has also been done to preserve the ruins and maintain their integrity, with the help of foreign governments.
One cannot help but feel sad that many of our historical and national treasures either lie in shambles or are subjected to constant neglect. …