The Mysteries of Angkor Wat: Exploring Cambodia's Ancient Temple (Hardcover)

Exploring Cambodia's Ancient Temple

By Richard Sobol

Candlewick Press (MA), 9780763641665, 42pp.

Publication Date: August 23, 2011



What mysteries hide inside this ancient Cambodian temple? When local children lead the author through the ruins, he discovers a little-known secret.
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 Khmer 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. A glossary, maps, and key facts are included.

About the Author

Richard Sobol is an author and award-winning photographer whose work has appeared in NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, TIME, NEWSWEEK, ROLLING STPNE, and numerous other magazines. His children's books include BREAKFAST IN THE RAINFOREST and THE LIFE OF RICE, also part of the TRAVELING PHOTOGRAPHER series. When not traveling, Richard Sobol is home in Massachusetts with his family.

Praise For The Mysteries of Angkor Wat: Exploring Cambodia's Ancient Temple

The handsome book contains captioned color photographs on each page; they give interesting glimpses into the modern lives of the people living around this ancient site and a fascinating look at the ruins themselves.
—School Library Journal