Setting the Stage
Introduce the photo essay by showing Cambodia on a world map. Point out that students will view photos that capture the temple city of Angkor, an archeological site in the jungles of Cambodia. Explain to students that Angkor is currently listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site primarily due to its artistic and architectural achievements. Other well known World Heritage Sites recognized for their architecture include the Statue of Liberty in New York City; Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; the Acropolis in Athens, Greece; the Great Wall of China; and The Taj Majal in India.
What do you think makes architectural sites attractive to tourists today? Ask students if they have visited a historic building. The building could be a U.S. World Heritage Site, an old house, the home of a historical figure, or an old community church. What could be the value of visiting a historic building? How might walking through an old building impact one's experience of modern life?
Tell students that a number of things can threaten or destroy ancient architectural sites, including environmental factors, development, war, and tourism. Ask students: Do you think it is important to protect such sites for future generations?