New guidebook on Angkor features visualisations of the ancient temples

Overlays from The Angkor Guidebook.

A new guidebook on Angkor features overlays that shows how the temples would have looked like in the past.

Overlays from The Angkor Guidebook.
Overlays from The Angkor Guidebook.

Angkor: an interactive map of Cambodia’s must-see temples
The Telegraph, 28 November 2014

Angkor’s enigmatic temples, some still buckling under the weight of the jungle, have become a must-see on south-east Asia itineraries. But visitors who think of them only as crumbling ruins are seeing only half the picture, beautiful though it is.

Far from being left to nature, most temples were painstakingly rebuilt over the past century. To what extent they have been reconstructed only becomes clear when looking at astonishing black-and-white photographs from the École Française d’Extrême-Orient (EFEO), showing excavation work amid mounds of earth and rubble in the early 20th century.

“What visitors see now are temples that have been worked on for many years,” said Andrew Booth, the author of The Angkor Guidebook, a new book that was three years in the making.

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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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