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Sacred Wonders

Series 1 - Episode 1



Many extraordinary landmarks around the world have been inspired by faith or have spiritual significance. This series explores them through the stories of individuals such as the Buddhist gardener who, without any safety equipment, scales Angkor Wat in Cambodia to clear the crumbling towers of saplings in case the temple’s spirits get angry and leave.

It’s not just buildings. We also see the carrying of the Virgen de la Esperanza through Malaga, an arduous six-hour procession undertaken as a penance, and the dedication of a Shaolin monk in Japan as he spends three years perfecting a kung fu routine. Tonight’s programme then takes an odd Ambulance-style detour to join a volunteer paramedic in Jerusalem treating Muslims suffering the effects of fasting during Ramadan.


From the ancient temples of Angkor Wat in Cambodia to the Shaolin Temple in China, discover what people do for faith in some of the most stunning sacred places on Earth. In the opening episode, in Cambodia at Angkor Wat, a man who believes the temples are home to his ancestral spirits risks his life to save them from the jungle, while at the Shaolin Temple in China, a Buddhist warrior monk faces a test that could change the course of his life forever.
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