Cambodia | Siem Reap

Ta Keo Angkor

Southeast Asia Tour 2015

Siem Reap | Cambodia

25 Nov 2015 | Wed

Day 07 of 46

  • Angkor Wat Sunrise
  • Angkor Wat
  • Bayon Angkor
  • Baphuon Angkor
  • Phimeanakas Angkor
  • Terrace Leper King Angkor
  • Ta Keo Angkor
  • Ta Prohm Angkor

Ta Keo Angkor

Ta Keo is an impressive temple located in the ancient city of Angkor, Cambodia. It was constructed in the early 12th century and is one of the most visited sites at Angkor Archaeological Park. The temple stands as a magnificent reminder of the great Khmer Empire that once ruled this part of Southeast Asia.

Ta Keo Angkor

The structure at Ta Keo consists of five levels, each topped with a golden tower roof made of sandstone blocks. The central sanctuary towers over 20 meters high and features intricate carvings on its walls depicting Hindu gods and scenes from Buddhist mythology. Despite its beauty, Ta Keo remains unfinished due to political unrest that occurred during construction in the 12th century. Visitors can still explore its ruins today to get a glimpse into ancient Khmer civilization and appreciate its majestic grandeur for themselves.

Ta Keo (Khmer: ប្រាសាទតាកែវ, Prasat Ta Kêv [praːsaːt taːkaew]) is a temple-mountain in Angkor (Cambodia), possibly the first to be built entirely of sandstone by the Khmer Empire.

Ta Keo was the state temple of Jayavarman V, son of Rajendravarman, who had built Pre Rup. Like Pre Rup, it has five sanctuary towers arranged in a quincunx, built on the uppermost level of five-tier pyramid consisting of overlapping terraces (a step pyramid), surrounded by moats, as a symbolic depiction of Mount Meru.

Its particularly massive appearance is due to the absence of external decorations, as carving had just begun when the work stopped, besides an elaborate use of perspective effects. It is considered an example of the so-called Khleang style.

– Wikipedia Ta Keo Angkor

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