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  • ACCESS 360°WORLD HERITAGE ANGKOR WAT

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National Geographic Channel has signed a ground-breaking sponsorship with Panasonic to bring a special programming block focused on UNESCO World Heritage sites to NGC viewers across five continents – Asia, North America, South America, Europe and Australia.

National Geographic Channel is the broadcast arm of the National Geographic Society, one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations, that is respected for the quality of its programmes. Panasonic is passionate about the natural environment, as well as the cultures and traditions of the world with its long-standing partnership with UNESCO to inspire the next generation about World Heritage conservation and environmental preservation. The strong programming line-up includes:

- September 2012: Panasonic Presents The World Heritage Special: Access 360 The Amazon 

There’s a special place in the heart of the Amazon rainforest with ecosystems so unique and biodiversity so rich the UN have declared it a World Heritage Site. But the threats of climate change are looming. If nobody takes action this pristine wilderness could wither in decades and the effects would be devastating, not only here but across the planet. Now a team of four courageous people have devoted their lives to the protection of this corner of rainforest. Braving an unforgiving jungle and extreme weather, they give us 360 access into the challenges, the setbacks and the successes of their everyday work.

- October 2012: Panasonic Presents The World Heritage Special: Access 360 Taj Mahal 

Could the Taj Mahal be in imminent danger? It is one of the grandest works of architecture on the planet. But these days, it has plenty of critics. They insist that this monument to undying love is at risk of collapsing into the river that runs beside it. But the conservators who guard it dispute the claims. We follow the controversy as two groups examine the Taj’s stability. The over 360-year-old monument is under serious pressure from the effects of climate change, pollution and mass tourism. After the Mumbai attacks, security is also a serious concern. But could the Taj collapse?

- November 2012: Panasonic Presents The World Heritage Special: Access 360 Kyoto

A threat looms over Kyoto, Japan’s cultural center and a city packed with World Heritage sites. Rapid modernization has decimated its traditional cityscape and threatens age-old cultural practices. Now, a team of warriors from various walks of life battle to preserve Kyoto’s essence in the face of inevitable change. Gain 360 access to the world behind the monuments, where the traditional and modern come head to head and less-than-orthodox methods are being tested in the effort to safeguard Kyoto’s traditional identity.  

- December 2012: Panasonic Presents The World Heritage Special: Access 360 Statue of Liberty

A gift to the United States from France and now a World Heritage Site, the Statue of Liberty is an international emblem of freedom and liberty. But over the past decade she’s been off-limits, considered unsafe in a post-9/11 world. U-S Park Service and construction crews are now laboring to re-open this iconic statue. They are renovating her interior so people can get out quickly if there’s an attack. But with the clock ticking to opening day, it’s a massive undertaking. Learning from the World Trade Center attacks, they are working to guarantee the safety of visitors and to ensure that one of America’s greatest symbols continues to stand tall over New York harbor.

EPISODE GUIDE

  • Access 360°World Heritage Angkor Wat: Prague
  • Access 360°World Heritage Angkor Wat: Lake Turkana
    Go on exclusive tours of UNESCO world heritage sites & meet the unseen heroes who labor behind-the scenes to protect these cultural wonders to ensure that they survive for future generations to enjoy.
  • Access 360°World Heritage Angkor Wat: Galapagos
    The famed Galapagos Islands teem with fantastic wildlife found nowhere else on earth. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was the living laboratory that inspired Darwin's theory of natural selection.
  • Access 360°World Heritage Angkor Wat: The Palace Of Versailles
    The Palace of Versailles, built for the kings of France, is a World Heritage-listed masterpiece of architecture and craftsmanship. Beneath the lavish embroidery, gleaming gold, and priceless works of art, there's a constant battle against the ravages of time and tourism. Gain 360-degree access behind the sumptuous façade and meet the artisans, curators and security experts who maintain this French jewel according to the highest standards of King Louis XIV himself. They must ensure this symbol of France retains its brilliance for future generations.
  • Access 360°World Heritage Angkor Wat: Amazon
  • Access 360°World Heritage Angkor Wat: Yellowstone Winter
  • Access 360°World Heritage Angkor Wat: The Taj Mahal
    Could the Taj Mahal be in imminent danger? It is one of the grandest works of architecture on the planet. But these days, it has plenty of critics. They insist that this monument to undying love is at risk of collapsing into the river that runs beside it. But the conservators who guard it dispute the claims. We follow the controversy as two groups examine the Taj's stability. The over 360-year-old monument is under serious pressure from the effects of climate change, pollution and mass tourism. After the Mumbai attacks, security is also a serious concern. But could the Taj collapse?
  • Access 360°World Heritage Angkor Wat: The World Heritage Special
  • Access 360°World Heritage Angkor Wat: Cappadocia
    In a remote part of Central Turkey sits an alien landscape that may soon disappear. The World Heritage site of Cappadocia attracts more than 2 million visitors a year who come here not just for the beauty of the terrain, but also for the thousand year old cultural treasures hidden in its caves. We follow the Director of Museums of Cappadocia as he battles both man-made and natural erosion to protect this geological wonderland.
  • Access 360°World Heritage Angkor Wat: Angkor Wat
    The largest religious monument on earth, Angkor Wat, is at risk of being lost again. It will take a team effort to restore this legendary world heritage site to its former glory.
  • Access 360°World Heritage Angkor Wat: Kilimanjaro
    In Tanzania, East Africa, one of the worlds most iconic mountains is on the verge of catastrophe. Mount Kilimanjaro is losing the iconic white cap that has crowned its peak for millennia. Its glaciers are disappearing at an astonishing pace while its rivers and forests are drying up. Is it global warming, or a problem much closer to home? A passionate team of Tanzanians brave savannah, mountain and skies in a mission to uncover the mystery behind the demise of this national treasure and try to prevent it.
  • Access 360°World Heritage Angkor Wat: Borobudur
    The battle is on to beat back the furies of nature and man that threaten to destroy Indonesias most visited monument: Borobudur. This ancient temple and UNESCO World Heritage site sits on the ring of fire, with earthquakes erupting below and an active volcano spewing ash just 27 kilometers away. A holy site for Buddhists, Borobudur sits in the worlds largest Muslim nation. On the front line in the battle: a man who works tirelessly today to protect the temple from man and natures onslaught. With National Geographic cameras following him, he restores one of Borobudurs priceless stone statues, a 1200-year-old image of Buddha.
  • Access 360°World Heritage Angkor Wat: Shark Island
    National Geographic Ocean Explorer Enric Sala and his team are on a mission: Dive the protected waters of Cocos National Park off the western coast of mainland Costa Rica; be the first to dive the mysterious Las Gamelas seamounts; and to free sharks, turtles and tunas caught on illegal fishing lines. It's all part of an effort to understand how over-fishing affects shark populations - and what happens to eco-systems when the sharks disappear. The puzzle: using submarines, shark tags, and satellite technology, find the elusive "shark superhighway" in the Eastern Pacific where the predator has become prey.
  • Access 360°World Heritage Angkor Wat: Colonge Cathedral
  • Access 360°World Heritage Angkor Wat: Machu Picchu
    In the vast jungles of mystical Sumatra, locals have reported seeing a creature that looks something like an ape, yet it walks just like us. They've named it Orang Pendek - the 'little man' of the forest. A recent scientific discovery proposes that another species of humans - nicknamed 'hobbits' - did once live in Indonesia. So could there be a new great ape waiting to be discovered? Or is it possible we're not the only human species living on earth? Biologist and beast hunter Pat Spain investigates.
  • Access 360°World Heritage Angkor Wat: Stonehenge Decoded
  • Access 360°World Heritage Angkor Wat: Yellowstone Spring
    Casey Anderson returns to his wildlife hot spots in Yellowstone as spring brings the emergence of its animals. Meanwhile, back in Montana, we see Brutus and the other animals come out of their winter hibernation.
  • Access 360°World Heritage Angkor Wat: Beneath Easter Island
    On the legendary Easter Island in the South Pacific, a team of National Geographic explorers and scientists undertakes a groundbreaking expedition: to attempt a first-ever mapping of the vast cave system beneath this enigmatic isle. While doing so they make astonishing new discoveries that will shed light on one of the greatest mysteries in human history: the fall of Easter Island. What caused this civilisation to crumble - and what might this knowledge mean for us today?
  • Access 360°World Heritage Angkor Wat: Killer Dragons
    Highly attuned senses, fast attack & razor-sharp teeth make the Komodo dragon one of the world’s most feared predators. We investigate the dragon's sensory world, its hunting method and its lifecycle.
  • Access 360°World Heritage Angkor Wat: Secrets of the Taj Mahal
    The Taj Mahal: Symbol of India, architectural jewel, and monument to a grand passion. Built in the 17th century by the Great Mogul Shah Jahan in honor of Mumtaz Mahal, the love of his life. Before she died, legend says, Mumtaz Mahal made a wish for a mausoleum, more sublime than any the world had seen. Built on the banks of the Yamuna River in Agra, it is said to have required over 20,000 workers including the best craftsmen of the Empire. Millions of bricks were baked on site only to disappear forever under flawless white marble. A heavenly memorial to the Queen of the World, or as a poet described it: "A teardrop on the cheek of time". A love poem set in stone and the most perfect building in the world.
  • Access 360°World Heritage Angkor Wat: Megafalls of Iguacu
    Deep in the heart of South America lies one of the most spectacular secrets of the natural world. Over two and a half kilometres long - nearly three times the size of Niagara - with up to 300 individual waterfalls - this is a one hour special on a place like no other, where enough water flows over the edges every day to supply the city of London for more than a year - this is the Iguaçu Waterfall. On the borders of Brazil and Argentina the waterfalls sit in the middle of lush damp rainforest. We follow the dangerous lives of great dusky swifts living in their thousands behind the raging wall of water that makes up the falls. And extensive families of raccoon-like coatis living a precarious life high in the trees. Other animals such as the elusive jaguar, raucous weaver birds and mysterious tapir also roam here under the protection of a few dedicated ranger teams. It's time to explore this unique exotic paradise. This is the film that high definition was made for, one of the most amazing wonders on earth shown in all its glory!
  • Access 360°World Heritage Angkor Wat: Florence Unlocked
    Some secrets lie just beneath the surface in Florence, Italy. The city that was once a Roman military settlement flourished, to become the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance. However, the transformation came with a price, paid by artists and patrons alike. Enlightened individuals were imprisoned for their innovation. Master architects concealed plans to protect them from theft. Royal patrons used hidden stairways and secret passages to protect privacy and to spy on government and family. Now, as modern innovators employ new science to unlock centuries-old mysteries, National Geographic reveals the clandestine side of Renaissance Florence.
  • Access 360°World Heritage Angkor Wat: Istanbul's Hagia Sofia
    When fiery Roman Emperor Justinian ordered the rebuilding of the great church of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, he was bidding for nothing less than eternal glory, both for God and for himself. Exactly how the Romans conjured up the vast golden dome floating high above the ground has astounded architects for centuries, and modern science has only recently revealed the secret that allowed this colossal structure to survive almost 1500 years of turbulent history and earthquakes. We peel back the layers of this ancient megastructure to reveal its incredible engineering secrets, and vividly bring to life the astonishing story of its construction.
  • Access 360°World Heritage Angkor Wat: Statue Of Liberty
    A gift to the United States from France and now a World Heritage Site, the Statue of Liberty is an international emblem of freedom and liberty. But over the past decade shes been off-limits, considered unsafe in a post-9/11 world. U-S Park Service and construction crews are now laboring to re-open this iconic statue. They are renovating her interior so people can get out quickly if theres an attack. But with the clock ticking to opening day, its a massive undertaking. Learning from the World Trade Center attacks, they are working to guarantee the safety of visitors and to ensure that one of Americas greatest symbols continues to stand tall over New York harbor.
  • Access 360°World Heritage Angkor Wat: Kamchatka
    Active volcanoes shape the landscape of the remote Kamchatka peninsula, where eagles and bears share the spoils of the bountiful Lake Kuril.
  • Access 360°World Heritage Angkor Wat: Trekking the Great Wall
    It's been said to be over 2000 years old and more than 4,000 miles long, but even today nobody really knows for sure. The Great Wall of China is one of the world's most famous constructions, but it is still one of the least understood. British writer and historian William Lindesay has lived in China for twenty years. Exploring the Great Wall has become his lifetime obsession. In 1987 he was walking along the Wall for the first time. He discovered: there is no single Great Wall, there are lots of walls in northern China, built over more than 2000 years by different dynasties. Now, 23 years later he is setting off again to the most remote parts of China's national monument. On his journey he meets peasants and herders, experts and scholars, all of them trying to answer his question: How long is the Great Wall, really?
  • Access 360°World Heritage Angkor Wat: Apeman of Sumatra
    In the vast jungles of mystical Sumatra, locals have reported seeing a creature that looks something like an ape, yet it walks just like us. They've named it Orang Pendek - the 'little man' of the forest. A recent scientific discovery proposes that another species of humans - nicknamed 'hobbits' - did once live in Indonesia. So could there be a new great ape waiting to be discovered? Or is it possible we're not the only human species living on earth? Biologist and beast hunter Pat Spain investigates.
  • Access 360°World Heritage Angkor Wat: Great Barrier Reef
  • Access 360°World Heritage Angkor Wat: Best Of Access 360
    In this new series, we take you on an exclusive tour behind the scenes of select UNESCO World Heritage Sites to give a rare insight into the work that goes into running and maintaining treasured monuments, buildings, national parks and even entire cities, ensuring that they survive in the best possible conditions for future generations to enjoy.
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