A Great Trip to the Temples of Angkor!
In this Cambodia Update, we're sharing a story about an educational field trip for our students. Read below to discover more...
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A Great Trip to the Temples of Angkor Wat
Education at SC means engaging students in a stimulating and creative learning environment. One of our most exciting programs provides students of all ages the opportunity to visit the Temples of Angkor in Siem Reap every year. For most of our students, this is the first trip they have taken away from Pursat. And this is their first opportunity to visit the cultural heart of Cambodia.
Built for King Suryavarman in the early 12th century, the World Heritage Site is one of the most important archaeological sites in Southeast Asia. Covering over 400 km2, the temple served as the capital for the Khmer Empire for 60 years.
Arriving in Siem Reap after a 3 hour bus ride (a new highway has cut travel time to less than half), the group first visited Baray, a 17 km2 lake built in the early 11th century. Teachers and chaperones explained to the students how to care for their environment, and explained the two competing theories of the history of Baray, which some historians argue was created to irrigate lands during the dry season, while others believe it was a built primarily as a depiction of the Sea of Creation in Hinduism.
Everyone had a fantastic time. Back in Pursat, students shared with fellow classmates, comparing experiences with those who have gone on past trips, and getting others excited for their turn on future trips.
"Hello, everyone! This is our picture that we took in Angkor Thom. We are really happy with the trip to Siem Reap. Because all the teachers and students have an opportunity to learn about the people lifestyle, history, culture, and how to participate in the group. This is a trip that I will never forget in my whole life. I learned about the history and culture. I want to say thank you so much!"