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Thommanon Temple

The Thommanon belongs to a group of temples just outside the east gate of Angkor Thom.  Its surrounding walls have completely disappeared, leaving only the gateways on the east and west ends and a ruined tower.  Orginally, the temple would have had a hall linked to the central tower, and enclosing walls with elaborate gateways.  A library, to the south-east, is the only other building in the complex.  There are repeated pediments above the doorways, which are even more elaborate than those at Angkor Wat.


No enclosing wallsGatewayTrunk-like treesThommanon TowerInside the Tower

Chausay Tevoda (Grandchild of Angels)

Built early 12th century by Suryavarman II, it is similar in style to the Thommanon close by, but in an advanced state of ruin.  A raised causeway on three rows of piers links the temple via a cruciform terrace to the river.  The foundation date is uncertain, but the quailty of decoration places it with Thommanon... between the exteme limits of the Baphuon and Angkor Wat style, from the end of the 11th to the middle of the 12 centuries.

Chausay Tevoda



Ta Prohm (filming site for Lara Croft's adventures in "Tomb Raider"

Ta Prohm is one of Angkor's most enchanting temples.  It was built in the 13th century by Jayavarman VII.  Although called a "monument", it feels more like a small city set within walls covering an area 600 by 1,000 meters.  The joy of Ta Prohm is that it has not been restored.  It has been largely taken over by time and trees... HUGE trees!  Fig, banyon, and kapok trees everywhere, growing out of buildings, on top of them, in between the stones and archways.  Their roots burst apart even the thickest of walls, yet their clinging embrace prevents the walls' collapse.  For all would-be Mouhots and closet Indiana Joneses, Ta Prohn is the perfect lost-temple-in-the-jungle!

At the window of the room where the little girl was hiding in the movie, "Tomb Raider".


Strangler figs, banyon and kapok trees entwine themselves around the ruins of Ta Prohm.


Banteay Kdei

Banteay Kdei, located south of Ta Prohm is another temple founded by Jayavarman VII.  It also has not be restored and allows the visitor to experience what it may have looked like originally.  Built of soft sandstone, many of the galleries and porches have collapsed.  Although in a poor state of repair, it features very attractive carvings.

Walled entrance

Doorway with lintel

Detailed carvings adorn the walls

Apsara dancers



Preah Khan (Jungle Temple

North-east of the walled city of Angkor Thom, is the 9th century complex of Preah Khan.  It is believed to have been a temporary residence of King Suryavarman VII during the 12th century.  The large temple is made of stone and is enclosed by huge walls and a surrounding moat.  Like Ta Prohm, Preah Kahn has been left to the jungle, whose giant trees and multi-colored fungus make a slow meal of the temple's stone corridors and rooms.  Between the two, we found Ta Prohm to be more "dramatic", but Preah Kahn is just as fascinating in its own right.

Surrounded by laterite walls and moat


One of the 4 gates

Naga statues

A rare statue sporting 

More strangler trees

cool shades !

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