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Ta Keo

Siem Reap Province - General Information
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Constructed: Late 10th – Early 11th century C.E.
Religion: Hindu (Shiva)
King/Patron: Jayavarman V
Style: Khleang

Towering but plainly decorated temple-mountain dedicated to Shiva. Known in its time as ‘the mountain with golden peaks.’ The first to be constructed wholly of sandstone, this temple employing huge sandstone blocks. Constructed under three kings, begun by Jayavarman V as his state-temple and continued under Jayaviravarman and Suryavarman I. When Jayavarman V first constructed Ta Keo, he part ways with previous kings, constructing his state temple outside of his main capital area. Construction on Ta Keo seems to have stopped particularly early in the decoration phase as evidenced by the lack of carvings. Ta Keo is well worth a visit, but if you are pressed for time, see Pre Rup instead.

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Reference: Siem Reap Ankgor Visitors Guide Book, CANBY Publications Co., Ltd.