Sunday, November 29, 2009

Preah Khan Kompong Svay

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Preah Khan Kompong Svay

Constructed : Early 11th century
Religion: N/A
Style : N/A
King : Suryavarman I
Location : A group of 5 sanctuaries in the Angkor Thom group.


Comment : It is the ruins which has the biggest peripheral wall in the ruins of Angkor period. It was constructed by Suryavarman I in 11 century beginning. There being a double ring moat and a triple peripheral wall, as for one there there are also 5 kilometers. Pivot is east western direction, but about 30 degrees it has been inclined to north. There is a hall which is surrounded in the double ring moat in the central part. There is a Baray (reservoir) about of east west 3000 meter north and south 700 meters on east side, west the half of that has become the shape which penetrates inside the peripheral wall. In this Baray there is Prasat Mebon.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Preah Khan

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Preah Khan

Constructed : Late 12th century - 1191
Religion: Buddhism
Style : Bayon
King : Jayavarman VII ★ 1181 - 1218 ★
Location : On the large circuit, in the North of Angkor Thom,
approximately two kilometres after the Northern Gate.



Comment : Beautiful to be cried! Preah Khan, "the crowned sword", it is the most beautiful monument of whole Angkor! Built by Jayavarman VII little after Ta Phrom, but in the honour of his father, this temple is of an incomparable beauty. Unfortunately of broad part of this monument are reduced to heaps of stones which piled up during centuries and under the force of the vegetation and the bad weather.

Preah Khan, city of the Victory would have been built on the same spot where Jayavarman VII gained the victory over Chams, provisional royal city when the Royal Palace of Angkor Thom was downtown repair and especially monastic where unrolled many traditional and religious festivals.

It was in fact a real city of 56 hectares. In spite of the vandalism and the plunder there're still some magnificent sculptures. The city sheltered 10.000 persons, 1000 dancers and one Sanscrit's school. Originally it was a convent Buddhist whose Buddha's representations were destroyed by Brahmanes (Indian priests) and replaced by representations Hindus, (A single Bouddha representation stayed). To arrive in the center of the temple, a row of galleries and doors which become more and more low has measure that one approaches the centre (to show his respect). In the center, a stone, big Stuppa Bouddhiste which was brought in the XVth century. There're small holes in all the walls in the center of the building. Originally, in every hole was some gold and diamonds, one says that all this was taken and resold by the Red Khmers. Magnificent sculptures of the gods barattant the sea of milk, as well as Vishnu and Lakshmi (his wife), and the place of 3 Lingams (sex of the Gods), circle on the base for Shiva, square for Brahma and octagonal for Vishnu. One finds as in Ta Phrom, a luxuriant vegetation which resumed its rights.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Preah Einkosi

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Preah Einkosi

Constructed : N/A
Religion: N/A
Style : N/A
King : N/A
Location : East of Siem Reap town.


Comment : There is on an opposite side where Preah Einkosi the Angkor ruins retention office is close, separates the Siem Reap river. There is a place where you call the town end of Siem Reap, or are possible speaking throughout the city. Adjoining to the ruins, the Buddhism temple is built. As for the ruins with the brick making, two halls are restored. You can see the small leaving behind structure whose state is bad on east side of the hall.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Pre Rup

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Pre Rup

Constructed : Mid 10th century - 944-961
Religion : Hindu
Style : Banteay Srei
King : Rajendravarman II ★ 944 - 968 ★
Location : On the large circuit, very near to the road, between East Baray and Srah Srang.


Comment : Several histories circulate about this temple mountain. The first would indicate it like an old funeral monument, but the second which is at the origin of the name (Pre Rup = Changer body) is a beautiful legend according to which the central swimming pool would be filled with a magic liquid which would allow that which bathes there to come out of there with a body without defect! The swimming pool is unfortunately empty today. The materials used for the construction of this temple, laterite and brick, confer tone to him very hot which, added to the impeccable proportions make a splendid pyramid of it. This temple is a marvellous place to admire sunrise or sunset on the surrounding countryside, far from large crowd.


Temple Detail : The main material is the brick, but it is the time when the sandstone starts being gradually used. And, after this, the building materials (the wrapping material) it keeps moving to the sandstone. It is suitable, plane surface constitution of the Pre Rup complicated in final period of one times such as that. As for peripheral wall east west 127 meters and north and south 117 meters. There is a tower gate on east Seinan north. The tower of the brick each is arranged three at a time on left and right of the front. In addition the long building has lined up on septentrional south side & west side. As for inside perimeter wall east west 87 meters and north and south 77 meters. It is on the stylobate which is higher than more. The stone tank that (under the stylobate of the front) it is the long building where two scripture houses and around are surrounded completely in this level, to that it was used in cremation. In addition there is a unique rock work straw raincoat small building which it is possible to north east angle with the laterite. From this level furthermore the stylobate is accumulated by the pyramid type of three layer, is a central hall and four secondary halls in the first section.

Charm of the Pre Rup is the complicated plane surface constitution where the tower of the brick of thinness stands close together first. Especially, the stairway rising from east side, when aiming toward the central hall, when it tries looking back, it is possible to enjoy the view such as that. As for another charm, there is a distant view as a mountain type temple. In the even scenery where the paddy field spreads, the tower of how many thing brick has stood in a row on the enormous temple of red brown beam pyramid type, view of the Pre Rup temple is visible well even from the distance, gives strong impression. Not to be to get off the car before the ruins, descending foreward several hundred meters and walking slowly we would like to try getting near.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Prasat Tonle Snguot

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Prasat Tonle Snguot

Constructed : N/A
Religion: N/A
Style : N/A
King : N/A
Location : North of Angkor Thom.


Comment : It encounters this small ruins. It was one Tsuga here of a institute which was made by Jayavarman 7 world. Those where it remains are that worshipping hall.

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