Roluos Group Temples at Angkor - visiting Preah Ko, Lolei Temple and Bakong.
Angkor Archaeological Park - The Roluos Group
This group of three main Khmer Temples are around 13kms from Siem Reap. Located on the site of
Hariharalaya (the first Khmer Capital) the Roluos Group are named after the small town of Roluos and are the oldest monuments in the Angkor area.
Lolei Temple - Angkor Roluos Group - Cambodia.
Founded by King Yasovarman I (who was known as The Leper King because of his leprosy), Lolei Temple is dedicated to Shiva and to previous members of the Royal Family. It consists of 4 central brick towers built on a terrace all of which are in a somewhat tumbledown state but there are still some really good carvings on them to look at. Adjacent to the temple is a modern Theravada Buddhist monastery.
Preah Ko Temple (or the Sacred Bull Temple) - Angkor Archaeological Park.
This sandstone Hindu Temple is dedicated to Shiva and was built by King Indravarman I. It has 2 rows of 3 brick towers each sat on a platform in front of which are three statues which represent Nandi (in Hindu mythology Nandi the white bull was Shiva's gatekeeper). Facing eastwards the central
tower is the highest of the three and is dedicated to Jayavarman II who was the founder of the Khmer Empire. One of the main features at Preah Ko are the well preserved carvings on the door lintels which show three-headed nagas ridden by horsemen.
Bakong Temple - Angkor Roluos Temple Group in Cambodia.
Constructed of sandstone and situated upon an artificial mound, Bakong Temple dates back to around 881 (therefore pre-dating Angkor Thom),
Bakong is the largest temple within the Roluos Group and was King Indravarman 1's official state temple.
Bakong Temple is surrounded by a fairly wide moat and therefore reached by a causeway which is guarded by ferocious Nagas. The Temple rises in fives stages - the first three
of which are enhanced by stone elephants around the edges.
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