Saturday, March 28, 2009

Ak Yum

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Ak Yum

Constructed : 7th century - Pre-Angkor
Religion: Hindu
Style : Kompong Pras
King : Unknown
Location : In the south of western baray, approximately a kilometre before the western end.


Comment : Ak Yum is the earliest known temple mountain architectural design. Inscriptions indicate that a temple dedicated to the Hindu. It is located in the southern of western baray. Ak Yum is regarded as the oldest Angkor ruin in the area. During the construction of the West Baray, which is located immediately to the north of it, parts of Ak Yum was built over. It is not certain which Khmer king built this monument. Ak Yum were re-used during the reign of Jayavarman I. Similarly, the ruins as visible today was built over the original structure.

This temple, a little to away of the major monuments of Angkor is not of great interest for a tourist but is archaeologically very important. Inscriptions indicate the first construction to this temple in 609, which makes of him the oldest pre-Angkorian vestige found at this date. It was located on the road of first Angkor , and was partially buried during the construction of Phnom Bakheng, then definitively buried at the beginning of the XII° century during the installation of the dams of Baray.

This temple is also the first prototype of mountain temple, concept largely included thereafter in the various Angkorian constructions. Because of its stranding, the release of Ak Yum was a considerable work, it was even necessary to dynamite part of the dam to discover it completely.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

West Mebon

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West Mebon

Constructed : Late 11th century
Religion : Hindu
Style : Baphuon
King : Udayadityavarman II ★ 1050 - 1066 ★
Location : West of Angkor Thom. North of Siem Reap Airport. In the middle of West Baray.
A fragment of the layer Vishnu's statue, bronze. Actually keeps at the national museum of the Phnom-Penh.


Comment : West Mebon is the artificial island. Angkor regional largest Baray, west mebon it is middle. Barely you can see the leaving behind structure of the temple in the island. The enormous Vishnu's God image of the bronze make which is discovered from the well which inside the ruins is (the photograph right) it is the masterpiece.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

West Baray - Baray Toek Thla

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West Baray - Baray Toek Thla

Constructed : 9th century & 12th century
King : Jayavarman VII ★ 1181 - 1218 ★
Location : West of Angkor Thom. North of Siem Reap Airport.


Comment : West Baray largest artificial reservoir is at Angkor area, is only artificial reservoir which at the same time even presently is used.

The barays are immense water tanks probably intended for the irrigation of the surrounding rice plantations of which some claim that they also played of religious or political roles. The first barays date from the 9th century, most important built by Jayavarman VII in the 12th century (8 km by 2.2 km are those) and one builds some still nowadays! Largest barays, several kilometres of with dimensions contained 40 million cubic meters of water. It is possible that a rupture of criminal origin of the dams of the Eastern baray is at the origin of a gigantic flood of the area and by the same occasion of a terrible epidemic which would have obliged the Khmer people to flee and to thus give up the site of Angkor at the beginning of the 15° century. This would also explain why this baray would have filled of ground and sand thus transforming it into a gigantic rice plantation.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Vat Athvea

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Vat Athvea

Constructed : Late 11th century
Religion : Hindu
Style : Angkor Wat
King : Suryavarman II ★ 1113 - 1150 ★
Location : On the right of the way from Siem Reap to Phnom Krom.

Comment : Quantities which designate Angkor Wat similar and west as the front it is one of the few temples. There is a position where it goes west from the middle of the way which reaches to Angkor from the port of the Phnom Krom there is a Buddhism temple of today in side. The plane surface constitution which in addition has four scripture houses around the central hall lap it is high with the wall and the basic stand section, is unusual.

At one time, it was the important temple where the visitor to the Angkor Wat which arrives stops. Have coexisted with the ruins and the Buddhism temple. The Buddhism temple very famous seems in the person of local end. Also the people whom it visits are few, can appreciate slowly.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

All Temples

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TheAngkor is a wonderful website in Cambodia that list all Khmer temples. We can see the detail of temples such as construction year, religion, style of temple, location and the detail or comment of temple.

Angkor Wat is a wonderful wonder of the world that everyone dream to see it. Suppose that one day you woke up from a dream of wanting to visit one of the most magnificent temples in the world which located in an old city that full of great culture and civilization, Angkor Wat temple in Cambodia would come close to satisfying that dream.

temples

Angkor Wat temple is the identity of Cambodia and the soul of Cambodian.

Classification Alphabatically Temples

Ak Yum *
Angkor Wat *****
Angkor Thom ***
Bakong **
Baksei Chamkrong *
Banteay Chhmar *
Banteay Kdei **
Banteay Prei *
Banteay Prei Nokor *
Banteay Samre *
Banteay Srei ***
Banteay Thom *
Banteay Torp *
Baphuon **
Ba Phnom *
Budhist Temples *
Bat Chum *
Bayon ****
Beng Melea **
Beng Thom *
Chau Say Tevoda *
East Baray *
East Mebon **
Kas Ho *
Kapilapura *
Kbal Spean *
Kleangs (North and South) *
Koh Ker **
Koh Chhuk *
Krol Ko *
Krol Romeas / Krol Damrei *
Kuk Roka *
Kutisvara *
Leak Nean (Pre Rup) *
Leak Nean (Ta Keo) *
Lolei *
Lovea Village *
Mangalartha *
Monument 486 *
Neak Pean **
Phimeanakas **
Phnom Bakheng ***
Phnom Bok *
Phnom Krom *
Phnom Da *
Phnom Kulen *
Prasat Bei *
Prasat Chrung *
Prasat Kravan *
Prasat Prei *
Prasat Pthu *
Prasat Suor Prat *
Prasat Tor *
Prasat Tonle Snguot *
Pre Rup **
Preah Einkosi *
Preah Khan ***
Preah Khan Kompong Svay *
Preah Ko *
Preah Palilay *
Preah Vihear ***
Preah Pithu Group *
Prei Khmeng *
Prei Monti *
Prei Prasat *
Roluos Group **
Rong Lmong *
Royal Palace *
Ruins in Puok *
Sambor Prei Kuk **
Small Ruin *
Spean Thma *
Srah Srang *
Ta Keo *
Ta Nei *
Ta Norei *
Ta Prohm ***
Ta Prohm Kel *
Ta Som **
Tep Pranam *
Terrace of Elephants **
Terrace of Leper King ***
Thma Bay Kaek *
Thommanon **
Top Pre Rup *
Top Ta Keo *
Tram Neak *
Trapeang Daunmea *
Trapeang Pong *
Trapeang Totung Thngai *
Vat Athvea *
West Baray *
West Mebon *

Small Tour Circuit

Angkor Wat ****
Angkor Thom ***
Bakheng ***
Baksei Chamkrong *
Banteay Kdei **
Baphuon **
Bayon ****
Chau Say Tevoda *
Monument 486 *
Prasat Kravan *
Prasat Bei *
Phimeanakas **
Royal Palace *
Srah Srang *
Ta Keo *
Ta Prohm ***
Ta Prohm Kel *
Terrace of Elephants **
Terrace of Leper King **
Thommanon **

Large Tour Circuit

Angkor Wat *****
Angkor Thom ***
Bakheng ***
Baksei Chamkrong *
Banteay Kdei **
Baphuon **
Bayon ****
East Mebon **
Krol Romeas / Krol Damrei *
Monument 486 *
Neak Pean **
Phimeanakas **
Prasat Bei *
Preah Khan ***
Prasat Kravan *
Pre Rup **
Srah Srang *
Ta Prohm Kel *
Ta Som **
Terrace of Elephants **

Angkor Wat Temple

AngkorAngkor Wat have been constructed as a temple for King Suryavarman II at the peak of the Khmer empire in the first half of the 12th century. As with other Angkorean temples and walled cities such as Angkor Thom, the central theme of Khmer architecture revolved around the idea of the temple-mountain. The central monument represents the mythical Mount Meru, the holy mountain at the centre of the universe, which was home to the Hindu god Vishnu.


Bayon Temple

BayonIn the heart of Angkor Thom lies the beautiful Bayon temple. It was built about a century after Angkor Wat. It is unlike most of the other temples; no walls surround the terrain, and the style is Buddhist. The more than 200 large faces carved on the 54 towers are believed to depict the god Loki, or Avalokitesvara, or the Buddha King, or a mixture of the portrait of the Buddha and the King Jayavarman VII, but opinions differ. For many architectural and symbolic details a fitting explanation still has to be found. There are also some significant changes in style which leads archeologists to believe that the Bayon was built over a long period of time.


Banteay Srei Temple

Banteay SreiJewel of Khmer art, this temple with restricted dimensions is well outside the whole of Angkor. The term of " Banteay Srey " can be translated by " fortress of the women " but its real significance differs according to various interpretations. Some say that this temple was built by women, of other, that it was reserved to the women, or that many women there were found, but most probable in our eyes is that according to which the temple would have been built in homage to the women.


Phnom Bakheng

BakengThe ruins of a monumental staircase which climbs the slope of a 60 m height natural hill, it is the temple mountain of Phnom Bakheng. Every evening, a many crowd - a little too many - is pressed there to go to admire the sunset. Some choose to ride elephant to go until in top of the hill, others climb the staircases courageously. Arrived in top, the sight is with the height of the efforts made for the rise. With far, one can see the silhouettes of Phnom Krom in the South and Phnom Khulen in North. One sees there also Baray, the forest of Angkor Thom and one overhangs Angkor Wat.

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