This title features Foreword by His Majesty King Norodom Sihamoni of Cambodia. It contains extensive accounts of all temples and pre-Angkor sites including Preah Vihear and the most recent restoration at Banteay Chhmar. It is written by an art historian steeped in the region's art and culture. It offers comprehensive background information on Khmer art, religion and cultural traditions. It covers unique flora and fauna around the Great Lake, Tonle Sap. It profiles the Phnom Penh National Museum and highlights of Cambodia's capital; and the hip town Siem Reap - the base for exploring Angkor. The great legacy of the ancient Khmer civilisation, 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 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 depicted on the bas-reliefs, as well as descriptions of the architectural features. It also includes a monument-by-monument guide to the sites with detailed maps and plans, plus information about four temple complexes accessible by helicopter.
American-born Dawn Rooney has spent many years researching art history in Southeast Asia. Awarded a PhD in art history in 1983, she has contributed to Oriental Art and other journals and is the author of nine books on the region's art and culture including Khmer Ceramics, Angkor Observed, Betel Chewing Traditions in Southeast Asia, Thai Buddhas, Ancient Sukhotha (Thailand's Cultural Heritage), and Khmer Ceramics, Beauty and Meaning (2010). She is an advisor to the Society for Asian Art at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, and in 2009 she was appointed to the Board of Directors for The Center for Khmer Studies in Siem Reap. Rooney resides in Bangkok, which has served as her research base for the past three decades. She has made more than 100 trips to Angkor.