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Angkor: An Illustrated Guide to the Monuments Paperback – September 21, 2002


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Jean Laur studied architecture in France, specializing in the Far East. He was Director of Monuments at Angkor from 1954 to 1959, and speaks fluent Khmer. This guide is the culmination of almost fifty years' involvement with Angkor
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  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Flammarion (August 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 2080107232
  • ISBN-13: 978-2080107237
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,461,230 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 31, 2003
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I just recently returned from a visit to this amazing city. It's huge and so utterly incredible. I sure could have used this book to help understand what I was looking at. This book has great photos, history and temple layouts. I bought a guide book at one of the temples (one needs it because a local guide isn't always understandable) and it is not even half as good as this book is. If you're planning a visit, this book is essential.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 16, 2002
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First of all, you got to know the author Jean Laur was the Director of Angkor monuments from 1954 to 1959. He's very knowledgible about Khmer Angkor and the architects. Now, if you want to know about Angkors (all of the monunents in Cambodia) you got to read it from the source--the director of Angkors himself!! You can't never go wrong with this book. Every Angkor monument in this guide has some illustrated picture. Surprisingly the monument names are both in English and Khmer. I got 4 copies and gave them to my Khmer friends. They love it, especially the Khmer character names of the monument !!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Z Hayes HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 17, 2008
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I bought this years ago at an airport bookstore in Singapore and still read it now and again as it is such a lovely book that truly captures the ancient city of Angkor. The book contains meticulous descriptions of the ancient city [temples, palaces, monuments], with maps and even line drawings of bas-reliefs.

The book also provides historical background on how the city came into being, with a focus on the Khmer civilisation. Khmer architecture is also dealt with in great detail. And of course, there are beautiful full color photographs that depict the ruins in all their ancient glory.

A highly recommended book to those planning a trip to Angkor and for those who simply wish to 'escape' into the world of the ancient city.
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