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Karaoke Angkor

The Editor,

The planned sound and light show for Angkor Wat is a splendid idea, and production

should begin immediately.

When I first visited Angkor Wat in 1993, I had to climb to the top in blistering

heat, only wishing for an ice cold drink. That was when the idea hit me. Why not

put a 7-11 at Angkor? It would make the visit so much easier if tourists could purchase

an oversized fizzy drink and a bag o' snacks upon arriving at the world-famous temple.

Why stop with a 24 hour store? The Japanese could go through with their plans to

build a light rail system around the temple complex (with bullet-proof windows of

course). This could include an escalator system throughout the main temple square.

Furthermore, in order to attract more big-spending Japanese and Korean tourists,

the Government of Cambodia, with the assistance of Malaysia, could also install a

Karaoke system. To enhance the Karaoke unit, large speakers could be strategically

placed throughout the complex so that tourists, and local inhabitants, would be able

to enjoy the soothing sounds of drunk Asian salarymen belting out the words to their

favorite pop song. This could also coincide with a light show!

To earn more of that much needed foreign revenue, a golf course could be built in

the area. After a hard day on the course, tourists would have the option of gambling

or Karaoke. Well, doesn't everybody love Karaoke? This would mean that large, tasteless

hotels would need to be built on or near Angkor to accommodate all of the golf fanatics.

Actually, the Government of Cambodia, with the assistance of Malaysia, should just

blow the hell out of Angkor with explosives and build a golf course/casino/amusement

park complex. They could include a scale model of Angkor and a few photos to create

the effect of actually being there.

After all of this has been completed, then the sound and light show could proceed

without some damn historian complaining about the degradation of the glory of Angkor.
- Jared Hays, Seoul, Korea.



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