In Angkor? Don't Steal That Statue: It's a Fake

The world's largest collection of Khmer sculpture resides, appropriately, at Angkor, the exquisite former royal capital in Cambodia. The 7,000 pieces—full statues, heads and carved inscriptions—are breathtaking not only for their individual beauty, but also for what they collectively represent: a road map to the origins of much of Southeast Asian culture. But this gallery is not in a museum, and isn't open to visitors. The collection is held in anonymous, guarded warehouses where only a few people see it a year. These hoarders assembled it by removing figurines from the ruins of Cambodia's world-famous temples—sometimes decapitating larger pieces—and replacing them...

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