Cambodia

Treasure House of Ancient Temples

The Kingdom of Cambodia is a magical land of the gods with one of the world’s most pristine ecosystems. For such a small country, it has it all — tropical beaches, lofty mountains, thick forests, cascading waterfalls and the mighty Mekong River — making Cambodia one of the most fertile countries in Southeast Asia.

Cambodia is the successor to the great Khmer empire that produced the fabled temples of Angkor including Angkor Wat, one of the wonders of the world. It is a devoutly Buddhist country with countless Buddhist temples and monasteries. With a population of 14 million people, 60 thousand of them are Buddhist monks! One of the most important festivals of the year is when the lay community brings offerings and food to the monks as a token of veneration, respect and gratitude.

Despite some of the world’s greatest ancient temple architecture and its stunning natural environment, Cambodia’s real treasure is its people. Over centuries, Buddhist ideals have shaped a peaceful and humble people. During this exciting international study abroad program, you will study Buddhist philosophy, temple architecture, art and Cambodia’s unique Buddhist culture. You will have the rare opportunity to work with farmers planting rice, offer your services at a school and orphanage and immerse yourself in one of the most fascinating cultures in Southeast Asia.

During this culturally rich international study abroad program you will study Hindu and Theravada Buddhist philosophy, art, temple-architecture and Cambodia’s Buddhist cultural heritage. Each day your classroom will be a different ancient temple such as Angkor Wat, artists’ studios, and many of Cambodia’s important Buddhist Wats. You will be totally immersed in both rural and urban environments during this culturally rich hands-on learning experience.

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Picturing Cambodia