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North Khleangs

UNESCO World Heritage site near Siem Reap

These rectangular, sandstone buildings are called ‘Khleangs’ which means ‘storeroom’ but it is not likely that they were actually used for that purpose. It is not known exactly what their function was, but carved inscriptions indicate that they may have been used for ceremonial purposes, or as accommodation for visiting dignitaries.

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One Khleang is east of the Terrace of the Elephants, and the other is east of the Terrace of the Leper King.

The North Khleang was constructed of wood by King Rajendravarman II, and was later reconstructed of stone by King Jayavarman V. The North Kleang also has well preserved carvings. It appears that the South Khleang was not finished, and left in an incomplete state. When viewed from a distance, The Kleangs appear elegant, but are somewhat unremarkable when viewed close up.

Norht Khleangs

Location: Angkor Thom
Construction period: Late 10th - Early 11th century C.E.
Religion: Hindu
Built by: King Jayavarman V
Building style: Khleang
Photography: best in the afternoon sun

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