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Angkor: Cambodia's Wondrous Khmer Temples

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  82 ratings  ·  10 reviews
The great legacy of the ancient Khmer civilization, the temples of Angkor cover an area of over 77 square miles in northwest Cambodia. These monuments, built between the ninth and 15th centuries, the classic period of Khmer art, are unrivaled in architectural greatness. They are, undoubtedly, one of the wonders of the world, astounding in their splendor and evoking a real ...more
Paperback, 488 pages
Published November 17th 2006 by Airphoto International Ltd. (first published 1994)
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Fred Rose
A guide book and history. I tend to skim these books before I travel and in more depth after, it helps to seat the memory and I understand the book better then. I was in Angkor in June, it was an amazing and wonderful place. The scope of the temples and overall Khmer empire at that time, (9th - 12th century) was very extensive, and not well understood here in the West. The book could use more pictures though. I also bought a cheap guidebook from a tout and that was also helpful. But this book ha ...more
This book is one of the best travel guides I have ever had in my hands (full disclosure: I am a fanatic when it comes to ancient cultures, something not every reader will share). Where to start? Rooney, a PhD in art history, offers a detailed description of all major and minor temples, suggested paths to explore them, and fascinating background info. Each temple is shown in a photograph, a drawn map is provided, and all relevant info given in a concise way (i.e., time built, period, king, religi ...more
I don't know that I can write a fair review of this book with having been to Angkor, but I'll do what I can for now. I don't like walking around sites with a guidebook, so I decided to read this book before my visit to Angkor. It has tons of information on the history of Angkor, the religious motifs found in the artwork, and the method of construction. There is also good, practical information about each temple/ancient site.
This was very useful to have on hand while touring the temples of the ancient Khmer civilization. Its section on practical travel information is a bit skimpy tough, and more importantly, it doesn't provide an editorial point of view relative to which temples might be the most important to see.
Interesting overview of history, religion and life at Angkor during the 6th - 15th centuries as well as the construction and designs of the temples. Also has beautiful photos - and detailed itineraries that I look forward to using on my upcoming trip to find apsaras, nagas and gopuras galore!
Oct 21, 2007 Nicole rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone making a trip to Angkor Wat
This is an incredibly imformative book on all the temples in Angkor. Also includes the history of Angkor and background of the different Hindu gods seen in many of the bas reliefs in the temples.

Read it before you visit each temple and keep it handy while you're there.
A wonderful primer for a trip to Angkor, incorporating history, archeology, mythology, religion and architecture.
A thorough guide to the temples, their history and construction.
Jan 23, 2008 Valerie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: travelers to Angkor Wat
A substantial book, well worth your time. Read as much as you can prior to a visit to Siem Reap; then read more after you've visited.
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