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Ta Prohm

Date : Mid-12th century to early 13th century (1186)
King : Jayavarman VII
Religion :
Buddhist (decicated to the mother of the king)

Ta Prohm

Ta Prohm has been left in it's "natural state"

Ta Prohm has been left in its "natural state", as an example to know the Angkor ruins looked on when it's discovered in the 19th century. Fortunately we can accept the same experience of wonder as the early explorers had.



Ta Prohm

The root of the tree grip this callery



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Preah Neak Pean

Date : Late 12th century
King : Jayavarman VII
Religion :
Buddhist

Preah Neak Pean

Preah Neak Pean in wet season

I love Preah Neak Pean best all of the Angkor ruin sites. Neak Pean has a large square man-made pond and surrounded by smaller square ponds. There are sanctuary tower on a circular island in the middle of central pond. This pond is the replica of the lake of myth in Himalayas, that water was believed of curative power.



Preah Neak Pean

Preah Neak Pean in dry season
Statue of flying horse

Statue of flying horse

The horse named Balaha : There is a legend "When merchant Simhara and his companions were shipwrecked on an island and snatched by female ogres. Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara has transformed himself into a horse and fly to rescue them".


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Various of Apsaras

Dancing Apsaras

Dancing Apsaras on lotus flower : Bayon



Ta Prohm

Ta Prohm
Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat
Thommanon

Thommanon

To tell the truth I don't understand difference of Devata (goddess) between Apsaras (celestial dancer) on each bas-relief. But I'm sure they are all beautiful with great deal of personality.



Angkor Wat

Group dancing of Apsaras : Angkor Wat



Apsaras of Thommanon

Thommanon

Thommanon
Thommanon

Thommanon



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Beng Mealea

Date : Early 12th century (between 1113 to 1150)
King : Suryavarman II
Religion :
Hindu (decicated to Vishnu)

Gateway to Beng Mealea

Present gateway to Beng Mealea is in country road



Bas-Relief

King Indra on his elephant
Inside the buildings

Inside the buildings are collopsed

Beng Mealea, nearly the same size of Angkor Wat, is located 40km east of the Angkor Wat. Unfortunately inside of the sanctuary have no trace, a few bas-reliefs are scattered here and there on the piles of building stones.


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