Ruines d' Angkor Off The Beaten Path

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    The Ta Prohm Stegosaurus

    by blueskyjohn Updated Sep 29, 2014

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    This little carving has become quite popular in recent years. Some think it is evidence that dinosaurs existing during human times. Being that Ta Prohm was constructed around the 12 century, they hardly had the technology to determine what a Stegosaurus looked like even if they unearthed some dinosaur bones. Others believe is is a Rhinoceros with leaves behind it. There is even another suggestion that it is a hoax put there as a joke.

    I can tell you that I don't believe this is a hoax in any way possible. Anyone that has been there can tell it is very obvious it is old and similar to the other carvings along that area and through Ta Prohm.

    I think its great to let people make their own decision. To find the "Stegosaurus" walk to the far west of Ta Prohm. In the center of the second wall is a doorway (see photo with the woman in green). To the left on the outside in the corner, below the tower, is a vertical line of Bas-relief carvings. There you will find it.

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    Krol Ko

    by Maria81 Written Dec 4, 2009

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    Built during the reign of Jayavarman VII.

    Description:

    Just north of Neak Pean, Krol Ko is a small temple with a single central tower surrounded by two walls. There are some interesting carvings with columns, apsaras and garudas, in particular along the enclosure wall.

    There are few tourists at Krol Ko, making it a refreshing break from the more touristed sights

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    Ak Yum

    by Maria81 Written Dec 4, 2009

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    Style & Dedication:

    Stepped pyramid structure in brick, Ak Yum is probably the first example of the temple-mountain style. Inscriptions indicate that a temple dedicated to the Hindu ‘god of the depths’ was previously located on the same spot.

    Builder:

    First started in the second half of the 8th century, the temple was expanded during the reign of King Jayavarman II

    Description:

    Now mostly buried by the southern dyke built when the West Baray was created, Ak Yum used to be a larger classic stepped pyramid structure.

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    Banteay Samre Temple

    by blueskyjohn Updated Sep 29, 2014

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    This temple is not on the typical small or Grand circuit of Angkor temples. It is considered part of the complex and your Angkor Archeological Park ticket will work to gain access to the site. It is out of the way but worth the effort to get out there and visit. The temple is completely restored and very impressive.

    The most unique feature about Banteay Samre is that it has an internal moat. You will notice the temples and sanctuary's are built close together and all are raised off the ground with a wide ledge surrounding each building.

    Even fewer people venture out this way. It is a nice stop if you made you way out to Banteay Srei.

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    Bat Chum Temple

    by blueskyjohn Updated Sep 29, 2014

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    Bat Chum is a small temple with only three towers. They are in line but surrounded by a moat. The towers are now encased in some crude scaffolding as some restoration is underway. It out of the way and not really worth the effort to get out here with the restoration going on.

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    Western Mebon

    by akikonomu Written Sep 26, 2004

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    Away from the Angkor area, the ruins of the temple stands on an island in the middle of the Western Baray reservoir.

    Access is possible only via boat and the original Hindu statue in the temple now stands at the National Museum in Phnom Penh.

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    Krow Ko

    by akikonomu Written Sep 26, 2004

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    Only the exterior of the temple remains amidst a stack of ruins. Within walking distance from Neak Pean, pop over if you've nothing much to do.

    Style's likely to be Angkorian.

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