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.