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    Phnom Bakheng Temple

    by blueskyjohn Written Jul 22, 2014
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    Phnom Bakheng is what people refer to as a "temple mountain." It was built to resemble Mount Meru, a mythical mountain where Hindu gods live. It was built in the 9th century, almost 2 centuries before Angkor Wat.

    This temple has a very long approach. It is all up hill and shaded for the most part. I walked up late afternoon and had the place to myself. However, this temple is very popular for sunsets and can get very crowded. Bring plenty of water for the long hike.

    When I was there, much construction and restoration was going on to a large extent. There was actually two large cranes assisting. It was a nice walk around the grounds.

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    Bakong Temple

    by blueskyjohn Written Jul 21, 2014
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    Bakong is part of the Roluos Group. It is the largest complex in that area. The interesting thing about Bakong is that it was constructed in the 9 century but the single central tower is in the design of construction in the 12 century. There are 5 tiers leading to the top. There are 22 brick towers, not all in good condition, that surround the main temple. The towers resemble those at Lolei and Preah Ko.

    There is some restoration on going but it seems to be more to eliminate vandalism which is prevalent throughout the complex.

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    Preah Ko Temple

    by blueskyjohn Written Jul 20, 2014
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    Preah Ko is part of the Roluos Group. There is a walkway approaching the temple towers.. There are six towers in all on top of a low platform. Three towers in the front and three towers in the back. The towers are said to be built in the 9th century by the king to give tribute to Paternal and Maternal Grandparents.

    I enjoyed this visit, especially the walkway approach to the towers.

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    Lolei Temple

    by blueskyjohn Written Jul 20, 2014
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    Lolei is part of the Roluos Group south of Angkor. It was built if the 9th century and consists of 4 towers. The brick towers have not been restored but some restoration is underway on the main tower. There are some well preserved carvings inlaid into the brick on either side of the doors. There is a modern Buddhist temple right next to the small complex.

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    Pre Rup Temple

    by blueskyjohn Written Jul 19, 2014
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    This temple is of the "Mountain" style, built upward and is relatively a square layout. It has an outer wall and three tiers. The top tier has 5 towers. One tower at each corner and then one tower in the center.

    Pre Rup is very popular to watch the sunset. Many people go to the top to see the sun set on the horizon. To me the real show is from the ground with the sun behind you and looking at the temple. Because of the brick material, the temple gives off a kind of glow when the sun hits it.

    It is good to get here early to walk around and explore. Many people will descend on the place at sunset so to get some photos without many people, arriving around 4pm is a good time.

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    East Mebon

    by blueskyjohn Written Jul 18, 2014
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    East Mebon is a temple that was built in the 10th century. The unique thing about East Mebon is that it is actually built on an island. The surrounding area is a now dry man made reservoir called East Baray. When standing on top you have to imagine this entire temple was surrounded by water.

    The temple has three tiers and five towers on top. Fairly well preserved for one of the older temples at Angkor. The temple marks the center of East Baray.

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    Ta Som Temple

    by blueskyjohn Written Jul 17, 2014
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    Another temple along the Grand Circuit road, Ta Som was built in the late 12 century. The interesting thing with Ta Som is that none of it has been restored. Also the there is a gate tower at the entrance with four faces of Buddha, very similar to the gates at the entrance/exit to Angkor Thom.

    Through this entrance gate there are three walls to go through. One of the main attractions at Ta Som is the final gate at the east entrance. From the west it looks like an ordinary gate entrance but walk through the gate and turn around to see the gate completely engulfed by the roots of a tree growing on top. Very impressive to see. There were few people when I was here and it was quite enjoyable.

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    Krol Ko Temple

    by blueskyjohn Written Jul 17, 2014
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    This is a small temple and sanctuary built is the 12 century. It is very close to the road and easy to access. There are some nice carvings and few people making this an enjoyable little side trip. I always love this small places because of few visitors.

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    Baray of Preah Khan

    by blueskyjohn Written Jul 17, 2014
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    This is a reservoir located along the road of the Grand Circuit. The easiest way to see this is when visiting Neak Pean. A dirt walk way and boardwalk through the reservoir has been added and maintain. The main thing of note here is the white water lilies sprouting up in the water. They are sporadic but there are many and quite beautiful. I was there third week of June and they were blooming nicely. So if you are there in June, it is a nice side trip.

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    Neak Pean - An ancient healing center

    by blueskyjohn Written Jul 17, 2014

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    Neak Pean is not a temple. It sits in the the Baray of Preah Khan. It was constructed as a place of healing. It was believed that soaking in the waters at Neak Pean would balance the individual and therefore cure their illnesses. The center tower is round but the water is divided into 4 quadrants representing Earth, Wind, Fire and Water.

    Access is limited at the time I was there. You can only walk about a quarter way around to the right or to the left. Many people ignore the signage and roped off area, walking where they like.

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    Preah Khan - light of the Stupa

    by blueskyjohn Written Jul 17, 2014
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    As you walk through the center of Preah Khan you enter and exit several chambers. One chamber has a stupa in the center with a small alter. If you walk around the stupa and look at the wall/ceiling across the stupa, there is a crack in the wall that shines a through. Positioned just right, it looks like there is a light or flame coming from the top. Looks like a candle as you can see from the photos. A nice little photo opportunity.

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    Preah Khan Temple

    by blueskyjohn Written Jul 16, 2014
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    Preah Khan is a larger temple complex. It has four entrances by definition, one for each direction. However the main entrance for visitors now would be from the east or from the west The west entrance is closest to the road on the Grand circuit. The east entrance has a longer walk from a side road. My tuk tuk driver dropped me off at the west entrance and waited for me at the east entrance.

    There is much to explore here. There are 4 walls encompassing the center. The jungle has made its mark at certain areas and are well photographed. It seems the deeper you get into the Grand circuit the less people you see. Plan at least 1.5 to 2 hours to truly explore Preah Khan.

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    Prasat Kravan

    by blueskyjohn Written Jul 16, 2014
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    This is a small temple in an open area south of Banteay Kdei and Sras Srang. The temple is a row of five brick towers with the central tower being the tallest. The towers are aligned north to south and are constructed in the Khmer style. Inside the central tower has the best preserved carvings. Much of the carvings at Kravan have eroded. There is some signage describing the causes of the erosion. Not only time, water and wind but visitors touching the inscriptions in the doorways pose a very big threat.

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    Sras Srang

    by blueskyjohn Written Jul 15, 2014

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    This is a man made reservoir just across from the entrance to Banteay Kdei. There are steps going down into the reservoir. Water is here year round. There is actually a trail that goes around the reservoir. I didn't have time to hike it. Seems like a good activity if you rent a bike. There is also a small village here. They sell drinks, snacks and souvenirs. The children hawk the trinkets quite aggressively. More so than other places around Angkor.

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    Banteay Kdei Temple

    by blueskyjohn Written Jul 15, 2014

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    This temple complex is located southeast of Ta Prohm. It is not as well preserved as Ta Prohm. Built at the end of the 12th century, the construction material is a much softer sandstone. Bantaey Kdei has not been restored. You will see many halls and towers that have crumbled. However, there is still a lot standing and the mixture gives a unique perspective.

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