Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Khleang

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Khleang

Constructed : Late 10th/ Early 11th century
Religion: Hindu
Style : Kleang
King : Jayavarman V ★ 968 - 1001 ★
Location : Angkor Thom, at the east end of the Royal plain, opposite the Terrace of the elephants.


Comment : Kleang can be translated by store, but it appears not very probable that these two sandstone buildings are only stores. Several versions circulate about the use of these two constructions which undoubtedly are not temples.

Some affirm that they were Palaces intended to receive noble visitors. Others say that the judges made use of it to imprison supposed guilty and that their culpability was or not confirmed by the divinities who made them accept various ill treatments, but a version much more romantic comes us from a local child who affirmed us than these two buildings, located opposite the royal platform of the Terrace of the elephants, behind Prasat Suro Prat and at each east end of the Royal Plain, were intended to the musicians of the King who could thus hear the music in stereophony during his spectacles!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Kapilapura

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Kapilapura

Constructed : N/A
Religion: N/A
Style : N/A
King : N/A
Location : In North East of Angkor Wat, in the forest.


Comment : It went north from near Toumon of encore watt, alongside the septentrional ring moat. The fact that you have searched is Kapilapura. When it runs to north from ring moat north east angle a little, in the forest of the right hand of the road, leaving behind structure of the brick making was found. That was Kapilapura.

Our knowledge only enable us to pose assumption that it will rest to you to check, but a priori, it would seem that it acts more than one funeral monument that of a temple as well as Pre Rup of which it uses same building materials and would seem to be one close time. This very pleasant walk in the forest, where one is accompanied by songs of very varied birds, of cries of monkeys and other animals does not present any danger but is not to be advised to the tourist in a hurry who agrees only a few days of visit for such a gigantic site!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Kbal Spean

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Kbal Spean

Constructed : 11th - 13th century
Religion: Hindu / Buddhism
Location : 40Km from Siem Reap.


Comment : Kbal Spean, Known under the name of "the thousand Lingas river" consists of sculptures dug in the cliff of the bed of the river on a 200 meter length between a bridge and a waterfall. These sculptures to sanctify the water of the river, date between XI and XIIIth century.

To go to Kbal Spean, after having seen Bantey Srei's magnificent sculptures, there's at first a road mad of a dozen km, and then approximately 40 minutes of walking in the jungle by a small fitted out path. Several hundreds of "lingas" (representation of the sex of the god Shiva in the Hinduism) are sculptured by important groups in the river with spaces sculptured by Hanuman (the monkey god), of Ram and Lakshmi as well as that of slept Vishnou meditating in a cosmic sleep on the essential ocean. Kbal Spean's water is going to join rivers Sieam Reap and Puok by way of Angkor Wat's temple.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

East Mebon

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East Mebon

Constructed : Mid 10th century, 944 - 952
Religion : Hindu
Style : Banteay Srei
King : Rajendravarman II ★ 944 - 968 ★
Location : On the small circuit, in the medium of the Eastern baray.


Comment : In perfect alignment with the Royal Palace of Angkor Thom, Victory Gate and exactly in the East, in the middle of a gigantic baray of 7 km by 1.8 km, is Mebon Oriental. The baray, formerly supplied with Tonle Sap and which was used to feed the neighbouring cultures is entirely covered today with ground and sand so that you reache Mebon by the road. But formerly, the only manner of reaching this temple was to cross the baray in boat, which explains the presence of the four landing stages located at each cardinal point.


This temple mountain does not have a central pyramid which was replaced by a simple platform. It is supposed that they will not have wanted too much to charge this small island located at the medium with such a quantity of water. This temple was built at the time when the country had been shaken by the usurping king Jayavarman IV and Rajandravarman II had just brought back the capital from Kho Ker to Angkor. Rajaendravarman II would have built this temple in the honour of his divinized parents and to protect the country and to contribute to the continuity of the royal line. The elephants which decorate each angle of this temple are very realistic and recall us that this temple is related to a legend of a magic elephant.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Kas Ho

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Kas Ho

Constructed : N/A
Religion : N/A
Style : N/A
King : N/A
Location : In the South of Western Baray, in the middle Ak Yum and Ta Norey Temple.


Comment : Prasat Kas Ho is a small ruin located just south of West Baray. Almost all of the building collapsed and coverd with trees. not interesting to usual tourist. This ruin is just a mound coverd by trees.

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