3D Modelling of the Temples of Angkor Based on Religious Conceptions

Part of the Transcultural Research – Heidelberg Studies on Asia and Europe in a Global Context book series (TRANSCULT)


The highly detailed decorated ancient temples in Angkor are religious buildings dedicating mainly to god and god king. It has therefore been built based on a sophisticated conception related to religion and microcosm.

This paper introduces a computational approach and module-based architecture for the improvement of modelling complex three-dimensional geometry of ancient temples in Cambodia. The development of this method is based on empirical observation and structural analysis of the temple architecture, particularly the concept of the sacred lotus flower as the religious iconography behind the architecture. Mathematical models and algorithms have been developed for practical experiments. Finally, a software tool specifically designed for 3D modelling of Khmer temples will be presented.


3D modelling Scientific computing Cultural heritage Angkor Temple Generator Angkor Wat 



I would like to thank Prof. Hans Georg Bock and Prof. Willi Jäger of the Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Computing (IWR), Faculty of Mathematics at Heidelberg University/Germany for their valuable help in supervising my PhD thesis (2009) on the above summarized topic.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Computing (IWR)University of HeidelbergHeidelbergGermany

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