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Lolei, Siem Reap

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A modestly sized yet scenic Hindu temple, Lolei honors both the lord Shiva and the family of Khmer king Yasovarman I. With its architecture closely related to symbolism and mythology, the structure requires a bit of explication to understand. The front and back four pillars represent the king's parents and grandparents, respectively, and the other engravings on the sandstone depict deities such as the sky god on his elephant, as well as animals and scenes from local legends. Use our Siem Reap tour builder tool to visit Lolei on your trip to Siem Reap, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • It is the most distant and the smallest of the 3 most relevant roluos group temples. It is covered in scaffolding and has been under restoration for several years. The temple looks neglected. The fals...  more »
  • Being renovated entirely tarp. It will certainly take several years to contemplate... in the meantime not worth wasting time to go
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  • I would give this temple a miss for the time being. It is undergoing major renovation work and is almost completely cover in bamboo scaffolding and netting. Consequently you can only get glimpse of th...  more »
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  • Ruins of an island-temple built in the middle of a now dry baray, Indratataka, the first large-scale baray constructed by a Khmer king. Lolei consists of four brick towers on a double laterite platform. It was the last major temple built at Roluos before Yasovarman I moved the capital to the Angkor area. Though the towers are in poor condition, there are some lintel carvings in very good condition displaying the distinctively detailed Preah Ko style. An active pagoda has been built amongst the ruins. Of the Roluos Group ruins, allocate the least time Lolei. See ‘Roluos Group’ and ‘Barays’.
  • The interesting thing here is not the temple, but rather, the school and the story behind it. It is humbling to see how much obstacles these kids have to go through in order to live with dignity and to receive education. Donation encouraged. Check out their community library and talk to Sok who works there as the English teacher. He himself was educated in the school.
  • There is not much that is left of this temple other than the cluster of four very rundown towers, however the temple wall is still visible and you can imagine how big it is long ago. The temple compound is now occupied by Buddhist monastery running various programme, including school. This is an active community so there are people who actually live and work there.
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