Khmer Heritage in Thailand, with Special Emphasis on Temples, Inscriptions and Etymology by Etienne Aymonier
A valuable reference book on all Khmer edifices in Thailand. The book covers the Menam Chao Phraya Basin, Nakhon Ratchasima or Korat province, the Isan Provinces, the country between the Moon River and the Dangrek Mountains, and the area around Bassac. The record based on extensive surveys carried out over several years emphasizes the Khmer inheritance in the fields of archeology, inscriptions and etymology of place names. Numerous descriptions and floor plans of temples and temple ruins are included. The book also includes a useful description of Siam around the turn of the century and a description of the stela of Ramkhamhaeng. The author who was a French authority on Khmer inscriptions, deals extensively with the significance and provenance of various texts found on these edifices. If not a tourist guide in the traditional sense of the word, this book, as an exhaustive detailed record of Khmer heritage is intrinsically a call for urgent action to save what still remains of these frequently looted historical sites.
illustrated 5 maps
First English translation from 1901
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