Replica of Angkor Wat Unveiled in Cranston

August 1, 2005

Source: NBC 10 News

Wire Service: AP

On August 1, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "The replica, based at the site of the Wat Dhamagosnaram Buddhist Temple on Plainfield Pike, stands about 3 1/2 feet tall and features miniature statues, buildings and monuments -- as well as aquatic plants floating in a moat. 'For the first time in Cambodian history, Angkor Wat, through its miniature, complex model, has now officially arrived abroad and can be awed, enjoyed and visited by overseas Cambodians, Americans of Cambodian descent and the public,' said Sarin Rath, president of the temple. 'Rhode Island has become the second home for the Angkor Wat,' he added. Constructed in the 12th century in Cambodia's Siem Reap province, the sprawling Angkor Wat complex is a popular attraction in the country and includes numerous buildings and temples."