Angkor Archaeological Park in Cambodia

Preah Neak Pean, Preah Khan, Ta Som and East Mebon Temples, Cambodia.

Preah Neak Pean Buddhist Temple - Angkor Archaeological Park, Cambodia. Cambodia - Preah Neak Pean Temple. Sat in the centre of a now dry lake - Preah Neak Pean - Angkor Archaeological Park, Cambodia.

Looking round Preah Neak Pean Temple at Angkor in Cambodia.

Also known as the Coiled Serpents, Preah Neak Pean dates from the late 12th Century and was built by Jayavarman VII - and is dedicated to Buddhism. In the centre of the main pool (which is now mostly dry) there is a circular island with a stepped laterite shrine built on it - two intertwined serpents encircle the base of the shrine. The pond represents a mythical lake (Anavetapta) which is thought to be the source of the four great rivers of the world each of which are represented by four Gargoyle heads.

Visiting Preah Khan Temple at Angkor Archaeological Park in Cambodia.

Meaning The Temple of the Sacred Sword, Preah Khan was founded by Jayavarman VII as a monastery and religious college. It was also the temporary capitol whilst Angkor Thom was being restored. At over 141 acres Preah Khan is a large complex which is surrounded by a 3km long laterite wall. One of the monastery's main highlights is the Hall of Dancers where there are exquisite bas-reliefs lining the wall and don't miss the Temple of the 4 Faces - named after the carvings on the central tower. Similar to Ta Prohm, Preach Khan has many giant trees whose roots have crept all over and sometimes through the walls.
The library at Preah Khan - Angkor Archaeological Park, Cambodia. Preah Khan - Angkor Archaeological Park, Cambodia. Preah Khan Temple entrance - Angkor Archaeological Park, Cambodia. Preah Khan Monastery - Angkor Archaeological Park, Cambodia.
Hall of Dancers carvings at Preah Khan - Angkor Archaeological Park, Cambodia. The Temple of the Sacred Sword The Temple at Preah Khan in Cambodia Trees growing through Preah Khan Temple - Angkor Archaeological Park, Cambodia.
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Visiting Ta Som Khmer Temple which is at Angkor Archaeological Park, Cambodia.

Ta Som Temple was consturcted towards the end of the 12th century for King Jayavarman VII (who dedicated it to his father Dharanindravarman II). Ta Som is a small Khmer Temple with just one shrine built on it's one level - the temple area is surrounded by laterite walls which in turn are surrounded by a moat. One of the two entrance gates (or gopura) has been overgrown by a giant fig tree and there are giant faces carved into these gates.
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East Mebon Temple elephant - Angkor Archaeological Park, Cambodia. East Mebon Temple Towers - Angkor, Cambodia.East Mebon Temple - Angkor Archaeological Park, Cambodia.

Visiting East Mebon Khmer Temple at Angkor Park in Cambodia.

Constructed in the 10th century during the reign of King Rajendravarman the Khmer Temple of East Mebon was dedicated to Shiva and sits at the centre of an artificial island in the dry East Baray reservoir. The temple has two enclosing walls and there are three tiers with the top tier containing a central tower which is in turn surrounded by four smaller towers. Apart from some good carvings on door lintels there some really good sculptures to look at East Mebon including huge stone elephants, various religious scenes including one of Indra sat on his three headed elephant and of Shiva sat astride the sacred bull Nandi.
East Mebon Towers - Angkor Archaeological Park, Cambodia. East Mebon Temple lintel carvings - Angkor  Park, Cambodia. East Mebon East Mebon Temple platform - Angkor Archaeological Park, Cambodia.

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