The Mysteries of Angkor Wat

In 1100 CE, the mighty Khmer people of Cambodia built the world s largest religious monument the sprawling stone temple of Angkor Wat Now, thousands visit the crumbling ruins each year to see the last remains of the ancient and mysterious civilization Photographer Richard Sobol explored these fascinating ruins, searching among the fallen, moss covered stone slabs and waIn 1100 CE, the mighty Khmer people of Cambodia built the world s largest religious monument the sprawling stone temple of Angkor Wat Now, thousands visit the crumbling ruins each year to see the last remains of the ancient and mysterious civilization Photographer Richard Sobol explored these fascinating ruins, searching among the fallen, moss covered stone slabs and wall carvings for clues that might link the ancient Khmer people to present day Cambodian culture A personal narrative and illustrative photography document his pilgrimage, capturing the historical legacy and mystery contained within the walls of Angkor Wat.
The Mysteries of Angkor Wat In CE the mighty Khmer people of Cambodia built the world s largest religious monument the sprawling stone temple of Angkor Wat Now thousands visit the crumbling ruins each year to see the last

  • Title: The Mysteries of Angkor Wat
  • Author: Richard Sobol
  • ISBN: 9780763641665
  • Page: 331
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “The Mysteries of Angkor Wat”

    1. Fascinating story of a photo journalist visit to Angkor Wat and the children who showed him their secret "dino so". Will leave you wondering

    2. Right. What a lovely book for children and parents, exploring a place they may have never even heard of. The photographer takes us on a personal journey, and the writing is told from his point of view. He includes many pictures of children who live in the area surrounding the great temple. How beautiful it is to see such happy children, showing the photographer around the mysteries of a Hindu and then a Buddhist temple that's over a thousand years old. What this does for the book is make it very [...]

    3. Reason for Reading: I am fascinated with architecture and this looked like it would be a beautiful book.The author, a photo-journalist, takes a short trip to Cambodia to visit and take pictures of Angkor Wat. While there he meets up with an excited group of local children who agree to be his guides and show him around the vast temple ruins which the children have literally grown up using as their backyard playground. The author is quite confident that he is getting a much lessor known tour than [...]

    4. The title is The Mysteries of Angkor Wat is not an exploration of the "mystery", but an exploration of the site itself. No research goes into why the inhabitants disappeared, or why the king changed from Hinduism to Buddhism. Still it is an interesting read. You get to meet the children, who seem to be a delight. You learn about their lives and how they continue to hold to the traditions of the area, in spite of much of the history and traditions being lost during the war with the Khmer Rouge go [...]

    5. Ingredients making this an excellent non-fiction book:--genuine interest from a professional writer --contemporary photography--candid, narrative exploration of a world wonder--historic investigations from a modern perspective--interaction with locals and, especially, children enhance the authenticity--mystery arising from cultural ruins--juxtaposition of ancient and modern fully addressedHighly recommended addition to classroom studies on Ancient cultures. Maps, fact sheet and glossary make thi [...]

    6. Richard Sobol is a professional photographer who always wanted to visit Angkor Wat (literally ‘city temple’). In this children’s book, he shares some of his photographs and experiences as he relates the history of the temples and details the culture of the Khmer and Cambodian peoples. On his first visit to Angkor Wat he meets some children who promise to show him their favorite secret place. It is to this place he finally travels on his last day in Cambodia, and where the kids finally expl [...]

    7. Angkor Wat is fascinating and this book does a great job of showing just how beautiful and majestic it really is. Richard Sobol is a photographer who explored the temple complex over a series of weeks. His photographs are beautiful and really highlight the book. I love that he included the children he met at the temple both in his story about the temple and his photos. This book reads more like a travelogue than a history text which makes it a bit more interesting to kids I think. There is addit [...]

    8. When I finished this book I wanted to jump on a plane and visit the ancient temple of Angkor Wat! The author, a photo-journalist, realizes his dream by spending one month of studying Angkor Wat while living in the surrounding community, and photographing the crumbling remains of the various temples, libraries, and palaces. The children in the community promise to share their favorite part of the ruins, which the author had never encountered in all his research. Really enjoyable!

    9. The photographs in this book are nice, and that's primarily what it's about. There's a little bit of history and explanation, but primarily the author uses the photographs -- both of Angkor Wat itself and of the children he met while working there -- to tell a story designed to interest the children who read this. I'd peg it at upper-grade-school level of interest.

    10. I loved this quick visit to an ancient temple. The author gives the reader some great facts about the history of Cambodia, as well as giving us a glimpse of it's future in his young tour guides, the children he meets on the grounds of the famous temple.

    11. Celeste picked this book at the library. Great read aloud with lots of photos of the temple and children living nearby. The story is also well written and interesting.

    12. Beautiful photos of the temple city and the children who work and play in and around it. Their secret place is the best.

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