Temples of Siem Reap -- Ta Prohm, Ta Nei, Ta Keo and Chau Say Tevoda

Ta Prohm (塔布茏寺)

Ta Prohm was the first temple we visited, and it was eye-opening. The moment we arrived at its western entrance, the gate with the face which sports the famous, indecipherable "Khmer smile" mesmerized us.

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Entrance to Ta Prohm


Entrance to Ta Prohm

Ta Prohm was built in the late 12th and early 13th centuries and is one of the most visited temples in Siem Reap. Part of it is fairly well preserved, but part of it has been neglected for centuries and is in ruins. The lure of Ta Prohm is in fact the massive silk-cotton or sprung trees, which give it an ancient and mythical atmosphere.


Ta Prohm


Ta Prohm


Ta Prohm

The gopura, or the entrance building, of Ta Prohm is fairly well preserved.


Gopura of Ta Prohm


Gopura of Ta Prohm

Compared with other temples, Ta Prohm does not have as many bas-reliefs or sculptures, but we managed to spot some.


Ta Prohm


Ta Prohm

Ta Nei (塔内寺)

Ta Nei is a smaller temple (built in the late 12th century) and mostly in ruins.


Ta Nei


Ta Nei


Ta Nei


Ta Nei

The carvings, or bas-reliefs, at Ta Nei are quite impressive.


Ta Nei


Ta Nei


Ta Nei


Ta Nei


Ta Nei

A view of the tropical tree choked entrance of Ta Nei.


Ta Nei

Ta Keo (茶胶寺)

Ta Keo is a grand temple-mountain or pyramid that dates back to the 11th century. It was under extensive restoration when we visited.


Ta Keo

It was quite a climb to get to the top of the temple. As we climbed higher, the view became more expansive.


Ta Keo


Ta Keo


Ta Keo

In one of the towers at the top of the temple, Hindu and Buddhist statues were in place for worshipping.


Statues at Ta Keo

The temple towers were under restoration. Local artists display their works for sale.


Ta Keo


Ta Keo


Ta Keo

Chau Say Tevoda (周薩神廟)

Right across the narrow Siem Reap River from Ta Keo is Chau Say Tevoda, a relatively small 12th century Hindu temple recently restored to its former glory.


Chau Say Tevoda


Chau Say Tevoda


Chau Say Tevoda


Chau Say Tevoda


Chau Say Tevoda


Chau Say Tevoda

As with most Hindu temples, Chau Say Tevoda has many intricate bas-reliefs and carvings. In fact, its carvings are among the best of the temples we visited.


Chau Say Tevoda


Chau Say Tevoda


Chau Say Tevoda


Chau Say Tevoda


Chau Say Tevoda


Chau Say Tevoda


Chau Say Tevoda


Chau Say Tevoda



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