A restoration project at the Cambodian Hindu temple complex known as Angkor Wat inadvertently led to the discovery of a mysterious thousand-year-old structure. According to a local media report, the curious wooden building had heretofore been hidden at the bottom of a pond. This particular location is a popular stopping point for tourists as it provides for breathtaking images of the famed temple's reflection by way of the water.
With that in mind, officials had hoped to clear away some of the sediment that had accumulated in and around the pond due to considerable foot traffic at the spot over the years. However, as they began digging into the dirt, they were stunned to find something wholly unexpected. "At first, we noticed a wooden pole buried at the bottom of the pond and didn't quite know what it was," explained Im Sokrithy of the Angkor International Research and Documentation Center.
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