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Ta Keo

UNESCO World Heritage site near Siem Reap

Ta Keo is a large, temple-mountain style structure, constructed of huge sandstone blocks. It was built by three different kings: Jayavarman V, Jayaviravarman, and Suryavarman I. When Jayavarman V started the temple, it was his state-temple, but unlike other state temples, it was built outside of the main capital area. The temple is dedicated to the Hindu god, Shiva, and seems to have been topped with golden towers, as it was known in ancient times as the mountain with golden peaks.

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Construction on the temple seems to have stopped abruptly in the beginning stages of decoration. This is indicated by the few number of carvings on the temple. Even though it doesn’t have much decoration, it is still interesting, and worth a visit.

Ta Keo

Location: Just east of Angkor Thom
Construction period: Late 10th to Early 11th century C.E.
Religion: Hindu
Built by: King Jayavarman V
Building Style: Khleang

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