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Temple Watch: Updated repairs


After many months of dust and mud, the road around Angkor Wat has been widened, and now has much more of a pleasant drive. Repairs to the centre of the western entrance of Angkor Wat have now been completed, but work is still in progress on the upper third level, which has been closed since October 2007. The scaffolding on the right of the central tower of Angkor Wat remains, with no sign of progress in this area. The work on the bas reliefs of the Churning of the Ocean of Milk, to repair water damage from the leaking roof, is likely to continue until 2010. To the west of Angkor Thom, the picturesque small temple of Prasat Top West has disappeared under new scaffolding, so it's not really worth the detour at present. The tree removal at Preah Pallilay is now complete, leaving several truncated tree roots around the base of the structure. The west gate of Angkor Thom has new supporting timber to both sides of the main gateway.  People looking for an atmospheric gateway with no traffic are best advised to go to the east gate, which still retains its peaceful atmosphere.

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