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by Dawn Rooney,Norodom Sihamoni

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ISBN:
9622178022
Author:
Dawn Rooney,Norodom Sihamoni
Category:
Photography & Video
Language:
English
Publisher:
Airphoto International Ltd.; Sixth edition (April 16, 2011)
Pages:
496 pages
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Rating:
4.7
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The book then switches gears to offer general tourism advice for Cambodia in what the 6th Ed. calls "General Information" and the 5th Eds. calls "Practical Information.

The book then switches gears to offer general tourism advice for Cambodia in what the 6th Ed.

With Rooney's book in your hands, you don't need a human guide anymore, just a tuktuk driver or a rented mountain .

With Rooney's book in your hands, you don't need a human guide anymore, just a tuktuk driver or a rented mountain bike to carry you around. The book offers so much more, though. While probably designed as an after-thought, Rooney provides hotel and restaurant recommendations for both Siam Reap and Phnom-Penh. So what are you waiting for? As noted by others, its heavy weight makes it difficult to carry on the actual visits, so read about the specific temples before setting forth.

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Author(s): Dawn F. Rooney. Angkor: Cambodia's Wondrous Khmer Temples (Paperback). Published April 1st 2011 by Odyssey Books Maps. ISBN: 9622176836 (ISBN13: 9789622176836). Paperback, 496 pages.

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This long-awaited sixth edition, with an additional 180 pages of text and more than 80 new color photographs, offers detailed monument-by-monument itineraries and maps to the temple sites. Includes practical information on hip Siem Reap, plus historic Phnom Penh.

The great legacy of the ancient Khmer civilization, the temples of Angkor cover an area well over 200 square kilometers (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 sense of awe. This beautifully illustrated book contains background information on Khmer history, religious beliefs and legends depicted on the bas-reliefs, as well as descriptions of architectural features. This detailed, monument-by-monument guide to the sites includes detailed maps and plans, plus information about temple complexes accessible by helicopter or four-wheel-drive vehicle. Features: Written and updated by an art historian steeped in the region’s art and cultureExtensive accounts of all temples and pre-Angkor sitesComprehensive background information on Khmer art, religion and cultural traditionsUnique flora and fauna around the Great Lake, Tonlé SapProfiles the Phnom Penh National Museum and other highlights of Cambodia’s capitalThe hip town of Siem Reap― the base for exploring AngkorForeword by His Majesty King Norodom Sihamoni of CambodiaOver 40,000 copies in print 176 color photographs and 44 maps and plans
  • huckman
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, religion). This is not your typical Lonely Planet or Rough Guide. This is a thick, heavy book for those interested in diving into the culture and history of one of the wonders of the world. When my girlfriend and I spent 7 days in Siam Reap, we relied on this book to select the sites most interesting to us. The author groups temples in half-day visits in order to allow the visitor to plan her time better - a very smart approach as most people are overwhelmed by the sheer number of possible temples and regrettably just follow the standard tourist routes (Small and Grand Tour Circuit). With Rooney's book in your hands, you don't need a human guide anymore, just a tuktuk driver or a rented mountain bike to carry you around.
The book offers so much more, though. While probably designed as an after-thought, Rooney provides hotel and restaurant recommendations for both Siam Reap and Phnom-Penh. We found them to be more accurate than a second travel guide on Cambodia that we had brought along. We also have to credit Rooney to encourage us to visit the wonderful capital of Phnom Penh and its spectacular National Museum BEFORE heading out to the temples. There was no better introduction into the Khmer life than wandering through the museum in Phom Penh.
Most visitors come only once in their life to Siam Reap to explore the temples. Most regret spending only a few days there. If you are blessed to be able to visit the temples, do it right - take Rooney's guide with you in order to really get your arms around the Khmer culture and explore exciting smaller temples many tourist fail to visit.
  • Flathan
The 6th Edition is misrepresented on the Amazon website, which states that it has "an additional 180 pages of text and more than 80 new color photographs." In fact, the "long awaited" 6th Edition (2011) has exactly one(1) more page about the temple sites than the 5th Edition (2006) -- 404 pages to 403 -- and appears to be virtually unchanged. The book then switches gears to offer general tourism advice for Cambodia in what the 6th Ed. calls "General Information" and the 5th Eds. calls "Practical Information." Much of that is the same also, although with some modest updating. Overall, the 6th Ed. has eight(8) more pages than the 5th Ed. It is hard to see how this glaring promotional inaccuracy could happen. (Of lesser note, the binding on the 6th Edition is just as poor as on the 5th Edition.)
  • Asyasya
This is a great book to have if you are going to visit Angkor Wat or if you are interested in history and archaeology. It gives a brief overview of the history of Angkor temples and civilization, some background on the religions of that period, an overview of the art and architecture of that period, and then the best part is a detailed description of each monument with pictures and maps (lots of maps!)

However, I gave 4 stars instead of 5 because the book is too heavy. It feels as heavy as a college textbook. Imagine carrying a college textbook with you on your trip around Cambodia. As a result, it's just inconvenient to take with you on a trip. I'm not sure why it's so expensive. The paper used is the glossy kind, which is difficult to write on if using a pencil. The front and back cover is quite thick for a book.

I am still glad I bought it, but I know I will be cursing it as I travel around Cambodia.
  • Ironfire
I bought this guide for a trip to Cambodia based on reviews online. I'm a very picky person, so this was a leap of faith to me.
It was the best choice i ever made. This guide is amazingly detailed.
You feel like you're in Angkor temples. The book provides several step-by-step tour guides to you.
It provides tons of information and talks about all Angkor temples, even the ones on the off beaten track.
It almost don't require a tour guide.

If you are in doubt in which guide to buy, this guide should be your choice.
  • Beardana
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.

Ancient Angkor (River Book Guides)
  • Samulkree
Having just returned from 4 days in Siem Reap, I found this guide book provided not only a wonderful introduction to the history and architecture, but also detailed information for visiting the specific temples: maps, spotlight photographs, tips, and itinerary routes. The author has made 100 trips to Angkor, and this 2010 book is in its 6th edition (the 5th edition was in 2005). So what are you waiting for? As noted by others, its heavy weight makes it difficult to carry on the actual visits, so read about the specific temples before setting forth. Highly recommended!