A New Guide to Angkor E-Book



Go to Angkor. Discover the temples’ magnificence. Unveil their mystery. Make gold of your dreams.

Angkor has much more to offer than just a handful of highlights. Don’t settle with the tourism routine.

See the temples in their full extent and original context. Find out what happened there, listen to their stories.

Let other people speak of the trees, we see the whole forest.

Foremost, you get an overview 12 temples by linked photos.

Then, the totality of temples is presented in 10 chapters, following the chronology.

You will find every essential monument with characteristics, meaningful photos, plans and maps.

Extend your journey with trips to the marvellous sites of Sambor Prei Kuk, Koh Ker, Preah Vihear, and Banteay Chhmar. And the well-hidden Peung Komnou carvings.

Get background knowledge in an illustrated glossary.

The unsurpassed Angkor Map can help you to make your choice and design your itinerary.

Practical advice for your travel is added.

139 photos, plans, and the best maps.


-        Introduction.

-        Early Temples: Bakong, Preah Ko, Phnom Bakheng, and Baksei Chamkrong.

-        Classic-era temples: Pre Rup, Ta Keo, Baphuon, Phimeanakas, and Royal Palace.

-        Angkor Wat

-        Buddhist temples of the Angkor-Wat era: Thommanon, Chau Say Tevoda, Banteay Samré, and Beng Mealea.

-        Bayon-era temples: Ta Prohm, Preah Khan, Neak Pean, Bayon, Angkor Thom, Banteay Kdei with Srah Srang, Ta Som, and Ta Nei.

-        Late monuments: Terrace of the Leper King, Preah Pithu, and Spean Thma.

-        At the outskirts of Angkor: Tonlé Sap, Kbal Spean, Phnom Kulen.

-        Temples beyond the horizon: Sambor Prei Kuk, Koh Ker, Peung Komnou, Preah Vihear, and Banteay Chhmar.

-        Appendix: Time-Table, Illustrated Glossary, Practical Advice, Itineraries, Further Reading, Web Links.

About the author

I am Johann Reinhart Zieger. I used to teach German, geography and history at high schools. Retired in the year 2000, I travelled around in Southeast Asia and eventually got stuck in Siem Reap, Cambodia, near the temples of Angkor, where I am living now.

Like the ox in front of the new barn door

In 2001, I had to instruct German speaking tour guides. But though I had read the guidebooks I could not explain the temples, neither could the tour guides. Something was missing.
In the light of history.

Real understanding started only when I leaned to view the temples in their original context and function. Actually, kings and people had acted in these temples, we have to find out what they did.
I have seen and been around a lot: besides Angkor,

I visited most of the essential temples abroad, from Banteay Chhmar in the west to Preah Ko (Prasat Boran) near Stoeng Treng on the Mekong, and from Preah Vihear in the north to Phnom Bayang in the south, took photographs, and read books.

I have learned from great scholars as Christophe Pottier, Damian Evans, Vittorio Roveda, and Sachchidanand Sahai.

I am not a tour guide but a searcher for traces of ancient Angkor, and a story-teller.

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  • Bakong
  • Preah Ko
    Preah Ko
  • Phnom Bakheng
    Phnom Bakheng
  • Koh Ker
    Koh Ker
  • Koh Ker
    Koh Ker
  • East Mebon
    East Mebon
  • Pre Rup
    Pre Rup
  • Peung Komnou
    Peung Komnou
  • Baphuon
  • Angkor Wat
    Angkor Wat
  • Angkor Thom
    Angkor Thom
  • Ta Prohm
    Ta Prohm
  • Terrace of the Leper King
    Terrace of the Leper King