Siem Reap Vistior Guide 59th

R)asaTRBHBiFUr Religion: Hindu

Preah Pithu Group t Constructed: Early 12 th century C.E.

King/Patron: Suryavarman II Style: Angkor Wat Five small temples set in a quiet area opposite the Terrace of the Leper King. Most of the construction is from the 12th century but one of the temples is Buddhist and may date from the 14 th century. The temples are in rough shape but there are interesting carved lintels scattered on the ground. Located in central Angkor Thom but not as touristed as the other temples in the area. Peaceful little jungle area behind the group. R)asaTs

Massive, towering but plainly decorated temple-mountain dedicated to Shiva. Known in its time as ‘the mountain with golden peaks.’ The first to be constructed wholly of sandstone, this temple employs huge sandstone blocks. Constructed under three kings, begun by Jayavarman V as his state-temple and continued under Jayaviravarman and Suryavarman I. When Jayavarman V first constructed Ta Keo, he part ways with previous kings, placing his state temple outside of the capital area. Construction seems to have stopped particular- ly early in the decoration phase as evidenced by the lack of carvings. Ta Keo is well worth a visit, but if you are pressed for time, see Pre Rup instead. Part of Ta Keo are currently undergoing renovations.


Ta Nei t

Constructed: Mid 12 th century C.E. King/Patron: Jayavarman VII

Religion: Buddhist

Style: Bayon Small (55m x 47m), semi-ruined, untouristed jungle temple reminiscent of Ta Som , displaying classic Jayavarman VII period artistry. Some of the apsara and lintel carv- ings are in pretty good condition. In much rougher shape than most of the temples on the main tour circuit.


Ta Prohm ttt

Constructed: Mid 12 th - Early 13 th century C.E.

Religion: Buddhist

King/Patron: Jayavarman VII Style: Bayon Of similar design to the later Jayavarman VII temples of Preah Khan and Banteay Kdei , this sprawling monastic complex is only partially cleared of jun- gle overgrowth. Intentionally left partially unrestored, massive fig and silk-cot- ton trees grow from the towers and corridors offering a ‘jungle atmosphere’ and some of the best ‘tree-in-temple’ photo opportunities at Angkor. Ta Prohm

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