New book on Preah Vihear

Preah Vihear temple. Source: Phnom Penh Post 20150530

The Phnom Penh Post has an interview with John Burgess and his new book on the Preah Vihear temple, Temple in the Clouds: Faith and Conflict at Preah Vihear.

Preah Vihear temple. Source: Phnom Penh Post 20150530
Preah Vihear temple. Source: Phnom Penh Post 20150530

Book tells the story of Cambodia’s Temple in the Clouds
Phnom Penh Post, 30 May 2015

Built on a cliff-top in the Dangrek mountain range that forms Cambodia’s northern border with Thailand, Preah Vihear temple is one of the Kingdom’s most spectacular attractions. But there’s much more to the site than a pretty view. Fresh off the presses, Temple in the Clouds: Faith and Conflict at Preah Vihear charts the temple’s fascinating history, from its construction during the reign of the Khmer empire and the controversial 1907 map drawn by the French that put the Thai-controlled but abandoned site on the Cambodian side of the border, to the bloody conflicts that resulted from it and the international court cases that ultimately confirmed Cambodia as its custodian. Post Weekend this week interviewed former Washington Post foreign correspondent John Burgess about his experiences researching and writing the book, the first comprehensive history of the temple.

Full story here.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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