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Angkor: Cambodia's Wondrous Khmer Temples (Odyssey Guides) [Turtleback]

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July 2005 Odyssey Guides
This work features: ten new temple sites, an additional 180 pages with 86 new colour images; a foreword by His Majesty King Norodom Sihamoni of Cambodia; extensive accounts of temples and pre-Angkor sites; profiles the Phnom Penh National Museum; the hip town Siem Reap - the base for exploring Angkor; and, the unique flora and fauna around the great lake, Tonle Sap. Over 32,000 copies are in print. The great legacy of the ancient Khmer civilization, the temples of Angkor cover an area stretching across 77 square miles in northwest Cambodia. These monuments, built between the ninth and 15th centuries - the classic period of Khmer art, are unrivalled in architectural greatness. They are, undoubtedly, one of the wonders of the world, astounding in their splendour and evoking a real sense of awe. This beautifully illustrated book contains background information on Khmer history, religious beliefs and legends, as well as descriptions of the architectural features. The comprehensive monument-by-monument guide to the sites includes detailed maps and plans, plus information about ten newly accessible temple complexes. Practical information on hip Siem Reap and historic Phnom Penh is included.

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  • Turtleback: 488 pages
  • Publisher: Odyssey Publications,Hong Kong; 5th Revised edition edition (July 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9622177271
  • ISBN-13: 978-9622177277
  • Product Dimensions: 2.9 x 14.5 x 20.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 568,934 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An excellent guide, well-written, with beautiful photographs
-- New York Times

Don't leave home without 'Angkor' by Dawn Rooney -- San Francisco Chronicle

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- 176 colour photographs

- 44 maps and plans


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Only book you will need 15 Dec 2009
I have now been to Siem Reap twice and explored the temples - this was the only book I needed. As a fan of all things Angkor Wat I have bought numerous guide books but nothing compares to Rooney's book. It is detailed, well laid out, informative and perfect for using if you don't want a guide.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Angkor 18 Feb 2009
This book is very well written, the author Dawn Rooney has visited Angkor more than 80 times and she shares her expert knowledge with the reader, some amazing photo's and detailed information on all the major temples, a must have for anyone visiting Angkor.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the best Angkor guide 22 Jun 2010
If you are visitng the temples of Angkor then a few books give a good basic insight.

However, if you are spending any length of time looking at a large variety of temples this is the must have guide.

Full of history, plans, helpful hints and general information, I have seen no other book which gives such excellent detail.

May be overkill if you are having a one stop Angkor Wat experience but for all those dedicating time at the temples you will not get a better guide.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, but big 21 Mar 2007
By Daniel Kester - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are like me and avoid tour guides as much as possible, but still like to know about the places you are visiting, then this book is for you. It gives excellent descriptions of the temples. It has lots of background information on the history and on the art you'll see. It also contains wonderful photography. Plus, it has lots of general information on traveling in Cambodia including a section on Phnom Penh. If you are doing a basic Cambodia visit of Siem Reap and Phnom Penh, then this book is all you really need.

My only complaint is that it is a big book, bigger than other tour books like Lonely Planet or Rough Guide. This is a problem if you are trying to travel as light as possible. However, I still recommend taking it.

A general suggestion for visiting the temples: be aware that they are now apparently the second most visited tourist destination in Asia. Lots of Asian tour groups everywhere. To avoid them, go early! Get going at 6AM (or even earlier and go see the sunrise over Angkor Wat!). Then you'll have the temples to yourself for a couple of hours. Midday, when the tours go back to their hotels for lunch is also good, as is late afternoon/early evening. But even with the tour groups around, it is still an amazing place!
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Angkor, Cambodia's Wondrous Khmer Temples 24 May 2007
By Devleeschouwer Guy - Published on Amazon.com
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ANGKOR, Cambodia's Wondrous Khmer Temples is not only a very practical guide for visiting the Khmer monuments at the Angkor archaeological park but also for visiting the Khmer monuments in Phnom Penh. Furthermore this guidebook includes the most important remote temples (Banteay Chhmar, Koh Ker, Preah Vihaer, Beng Mealea).

Apart from a clear description of each temple it also gives a description from their location and from the access.

Important to mention also is the fact it gives a short but clear insight in the old epics (Mahabharata, Ramayana etc.) and legends and this book includes a list of the most forthcoming gods, deities and divinities which makes its easier to understand the bas-reliefs of the Khmer art and architecture.

The book also includes general and practical tourist information as well as for Siem Reap as for Phnom Penh.

Together with the book from Michael Freeman and Claude Jacques "Ancient Angkor" and the book from Jean Laur "Angkor, temples and monuments" one will have the most actual existing complete information about the Khmer art and architecture in Cambodia.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A complete guide for an on-site visit 30 Jan 2007
By Rajeev De Mello - Published on Amazon.com
I just returned from a 3-day visit to Angkor and used this book as a background and then as a detailed guide to visit each temple. It is most useful, providing detailed and accurate maps and descriptions of each temple and guiding the reader through the highlights. Well written and easily beats listening endlessly to the vague chatter of most on-site guides.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE Must-have Guide to Angkor 10 Aug 2008
By Mark Olwick - Published on Amazon.com
This is, without doubt, THE must-have guide to the Angkor area. Dawn Rooney writes with clarity, thoroughness and a balanced view of the monuments without talking down to (or over the head of) the reader. Some books on this area read like travel brochures, others like snobby scholarly textbooks. Ms. Rooney's book strikes the perfect balance between the two.

I'm a research-aholic about my travel, and collect guide books by the dozens. This is one of the best I've read anywhere, about any area.

This revised edition features tons of full-color photographs, good maps and many, many touring tips. I especially liked the fact that she talks about when to visit certain areas, where the best photography opportunities are, along with what makes each temple/monument unique.

The first portion of this book gives a "just-the-right-depth" overview of the history of the area, plus overviews of the artistic styles, royal lineages, construction methods, restoration efforts, etc. Then the second portion goes into detail about each monument - grouped into logical touring sequences.

I cannot recommend this book highly enough. If you've been searching for a guide book to the Angkor area - end your search now. This is the one.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Should be required for visitors to Angkor 26 Feb 2008
By Bruce J. Nelson - Published on Amazon.com
This book is an absolute necessity for visiting Angkor, at least if one has an interest in archaeology. In fact, knowing what I know now, I would have skipped hiring a guide and just rented a bicycle with this book as my guide. It is comprehensive, well-illustrated (although the illustrations are not always tied to the adjacent text--my most serious complaint about the book), and has the right balance between academic and popular interest. It is well-worth the extra weight involved in taking it along to Asia (I wish they had used cheaper paper and binding to make it lighter, but then the pictures wouldn't have been so inviting). Maps and organization make it easy to use, although the index sometimes is off by a page or two--perhaps they didn't update it all from the 4th ed. At any rate, it is far superior to all other guides I found on the subject.
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