Around The World In 80 Treasures (2005) BBC

Episode 3: Australia to Cambodja

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17. Sydney, Australia: St. James Church, masterpiece of convict architect Francis Greenway, and one of Australia's oldest church buildings.

18. Kakadu, Australia: Kakadu rock art, rock painting at Ubirr in the Kakadu National Park

19. Torajaland, Sulawesi, Indonesia: Spirit houses.

20. Torajaland, Sulawesi, Indonesia: Tau Tau, Toraja burial site.

21. Java, Indonesia: Borobudur Stupa, a ninth-century Mahayana Buddhist Monument in Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia. The monument comprises six square platforms topped by three circular platforms, decorated with 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues.

22. Ayutthaya, Thailand: Gold Elephant.

23. Siem Reap, Cambodia: Angkor Wat, a temple complex at Angkor, Cambodia, built for the king Suryavarman II in the early 12th century as his state temple and capital city. As the best-preserved temple at the site, it is the only one to have remained a significant religious centre since its foundation—first Hindu, dedicated to Vishnu, then Buddhist.

24. Angkor Thom, Cambodia: Stone Faces of Bayon. The Bayon is a well-known and richly decorated Khmer temple at Angkor in Cambodia. Built in the late 12th century or early 13th century as the official state temple of the Mahayana Buddhist King Jayavarman VII, the Bayon stands at the centre of Jayavarman's capital, Angkor Thom.

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Around the World in 80 Treasures



Around the World in 80 Treasures is a 10 episode art and travel documentary series by the BBC, presented by Dan Cruickshank, and originally aired in February, March, and April 2005. The title is a reference to Around the World in Eighty Days, the classic adventure novel by Jules Verne.



In this series, Cruickshank takes a five month world tour visiting his choices of the eighty greatest man-made treasures, including buildings and artifacts. His tour takes him through 34 countries and 6 of the 7 continents (he does not visit Antarctica).



In addition to seeing some of the world's greatest treasures, Cruickshank tries many different kinds of food including testicle, brain, and insects. His means of transportation included airplanes, trains, camel, donkey, foot, bicycle, scooter, hang glider, and boats.



A tie-in book of the same title was also published, written as a journal during the trip and containing much behind-the-scenes detail on the making of the programme in addition to Cruikshank's reflections on the treasures themselves.



Cruickshank's fondness of architecture is evident, with many of his chosen treasures being buildings or other man-made structures. The official BBC DVD of the series was released on 19 May 2008. Licenses for DVD releases have been sold to many countries around the world.

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