World Tour – Day 12 – November 28, 2006
In a truly magical setting, the New7Wonders visit to Angkor Archeological Park was marked by the majesty of this sprawling, ever impressive complex. Angkor is one of the most significant archeological sites in the world, spreading over some 400 square kilometers. The official candidacy certificate was handed to His Excellency Mr Sou Phirin, Governor of Siem Reap Province, by Bernard Weber.
The two-part celebration of traditional music and dancing highlighted the long and fascinating history of the temples, palaces and functional buildings from the Khmer Empire, built between the 9th and the 15th centuries. The certificate hand-over ceremony and press conference were held at sunset in front of the Angkor Wat temple. Hundreds of tourists watched from close by. The warm and most enjoyable celebration closed with an almost mystical meditation at sundown, with everyone present falling silent as the sun slipped below the horizon.
In the evening, Mr. Sou Phirin and the APSARA authorities hosted a candlelight dinner for the New7Wonders team. The complex’s most famous structure, Angkor Wat, was lit up for the evening festivities. The last time this had been done was for General Charles de Gaulle, then president of France, when he visited Cambodia. Once again, this intimate dinner ended in an magical, meditative atmosphere.
Since the Angkor temple area is extremely large, the New7Wonders team spent two more days filming the numerous temples, such as the Ta Prohm temple which is famed for the gigantic trees that grow on its roof, and the Angkor Tom temple with its many beautiful and mysterious faces.
Among the dignitaries present who joined with the New7Wonders World Tour team to celebrate the candidacy were H. E. Ros Borath, H. E. Bun Narith, H. E. Boun Lim Heng, H. E. Tep Henn, H. E. Sous Yara, H. E. Var Chhuda, H.E. Chap Sotharith and Madam Mao Loa.
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