Angkor Wat: an introduction

Roland Fletchera1, Damian Evansa2, Christophe Pottiera3 and Chhay Rachnaa4

a1 Department of Archaeology, University of Sydney, Quadrangle Building A14, Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia (Email:

a2 l'École française d'Extrême-Orient, The Siem Reap Centre, Boeung Daun Pa, Slorkram, Siem Reap BP 93 300, Cambodia (Email:

a3 l'École française d'Extrême-Orient, The Bangkok Centre, Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Anthropology Center, 20 Borommaratchachonnani Road, Bangkok 10170, Thailand (Email:

a4 Angkor International Centre of Research and Documentation, APSARA National Authority, Siem Reap, Kingdom of Cambodia (Email:



The temple of Angkor Wat, visited annually by tens of thousands of tourists, is without question one of the great archaeological sites of mainland Southeast Asia. Less obvious to the casual visitor is that it was but a single element in a large dispersed city. The papers in this special section demonstrate how recent research using LiDAR, ground-penetrating radar and targeted excavation have transformed our understanding of Angkor Wat and its surroundings.

(Received March 18 2015)

(Accepted June 10 2015)

(Revised July 29 2015)