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Buddhist monks in front of the reflection pool at Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Angkor Wat (Khmer: អង្គរវត្ត) is a temple complex at Angkor, Cambodia, built by King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century as his state temple and capital city.
Cambridge History of Southeast Asia Countries and Their Cultures
Nonfiction 959 C144 (2 vols.) Ref 363.03 C83265tc
(Also in electronic version)
Encyclopedia of Modern Asia Encyclopedia of the Vietnam War
Ref 950.03 En194ma Ref 959.70403 V678e
Worldmark Encyclopedia of Cultures and Daily Life
Ref 305.8003 W89388e
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