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Guide Profile
Renowned Khmer historian Dr. Pich Keo is available for group tours. He has been interested in Khmer Arts and the history of Angkor since a young boy. In 1965 he attended the school of fine art in Phnom Penh until 1970. After graduation he was employed by l'Ecole Française d'Extrème Orient (EFEO) working for the Angkor conservation until the Khmer Rouge took over the area in 1975. In 1980, after the fall of the Khmer Rouge to the Vietnamese army he started working again with the ministry of culture and fine art.

In 1992 he became the Director of the National Museum in Phnom Penh and recently he has been promoted to be the Director of Department of Angkor Conservation working in cooperation with the UNESCO and the Ministry of fine art and culture.

Note: Dr. Keo guides for groups of six and larger or by reservation.

 

Readings
Angkor Wat is really only the tip of the "monument iceberg" when it comes to exploring the temples in the area around it. In this piece, travel writer Michael Buckley gives us a glimpse of the treasures of neighboring Angkor Thom:

The Splendors of Angkor Thom  by Michael Buckley

In addition, brushing up on Angkor will make your tour that much more rewarding, we recommend the following books to help you prepare:

Angkor, An Introduction to the Temples by Dawn Rooney. (1994, Passport)

Angkor, Heart of an Asian Empire by Bruno Dagens (Thames and Hudson)