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Ta Keo, Siem Reap

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#16 of 46 in Historic Sites in Siem Reap
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Known as “the mountain of golden peaks,” Ta Keo stands out as one of the largest temples in the Angkor city, and evokes admiration for its five-level pyramid construction with overlapping terraces. Climb the long, steep stairs to see the five huge towers offering vistas over the ancient complex and forest. Although lacking ornate carvings, the 11th-century sandstone Khleang-style temple compensates with its grand, robust design. Explore the rooms scattered around the terraces, and wind your way through the wide hallways. Highlights include the open gallery on the second terrace, as well as galleries found at the base, with unusual inward-facing windows. Use our Siem Reap vacation route planner to add Ta Keo and other attractions to your Siem Reap vacation plans.
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  • Was the last temple we met during our visit to Siem Reap! Should go with time and enjoy it to the fullest to explore it fully and upload their impressive height! It is visually impressive, its height. its towers the whole! It is a late 10th century Hindu temple. The original name of the temple was Hema-sringagiri or "Mountain peaks of gold", and was dedicated to the God Shiva. After the death of its Builder monarch, the temple was left unfinished. Its construction was commissioned by King Jayavarman V Khmer, and continued during the brief reign of his successor Jayaviravarman. However after the overthrow of this by Suryavarman I the works were stopped, Temple was transferred to a cleric, who did not use the Central by not deemed worthy of such a result honor.Como towers, Temple was never completed and it has just decoration. It has a total height of 45 m, the temple comes from an artificial lake on which surface a series of concentric rectangular terraces, completed in a superior platform upon which are erected five prasat or pyramidal temples forming a quincunx. This provision falls within the classical typology of hindu monte-templo, and represents the microcosm of Hindu Mythology, the Sacred Mount Meru (home of the gods) in the Center, surrounded by the oceans. Stylistically, the temple is cataloged in the khleang style, to which also belongs the neighbouring Temple of Phimeanakas. In this period, the galleries in the Khmer temples make their appearance. Originally the Temple had two ponds representing the oceans. The banks of these ponds had a staggered edge built with laterite, with dimensions of 255 x 195 m. The first terracing of the temple is bounded by a wall of 122 x 106 m, on which there are four gopuras or entrance pavilions arranged in axial way, being located on the wall of the main entrance. The second level of the temple has dimensions of 80 x 75 m and rises to the 5.73 m in height. This platform is closed perimeter by a corridor with windows open to the interior and blind to the outside, and on the side it contains two free libraries in symmetrical position with respect to the main axis. In the center of this second level rises a new rooftop square and divided in turn into three levels: this terrace adopts a form truncated, with dimensions of 60 x 58 m at the base, 45 x 46 mm at the top, and a height of 14 m. Like the rest of the terraces of the temple, there are also four steep steps of access, with a slope of 55º.4 about this latest terrace there are five prasat: four in the corners and a larger central one, which reaches 17 m in height above the platform. These temples also have rise stairs that allow to reach the niche of deity, 4 metres of height on the platform, and already above the vegetation of the jungle. A temple that is ideal for architecture lovers is Khmer, symbols and history of imperial of Cambodia. To enjoy it if or!
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  • From the outside, it looks very pretty, even though it is not as fascinating as Bayon. Unfortunately, during my visit, it was closed so I could only see it from the outside.  more »
  • I personally received a very good impression. When you see the devastation in seemed to be turned into structures are very good.
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  • Although there are just few carvings on the temple walls, it is still interesting to visit this pyramid like temple mountain (symbolic representation of Mount Meru), and climb ultra-steep, narrow and high steps implying how hard it is to get to the heavens. Have in mind that you will have to use both your legs and your arms when climbing and getting down from the top. There are a lot of irresistibly cute kids selling nice souvenirs around the temple. They have some really inventive ways to try to sell you something, it can be really interesting to hear so spend some time talking to them and trying to avoid shopping to hear more of it. At the end, buy something – souvenirs are really cheap and it can mean a lot to the kids.
  • Nice place..hope they will restore it sooner...
  • This has to be the most beautiful place I have ever been!
  • More physically challenging than other temples but the view is worth. Be careful with climbing up, might be slippery at times.
  • Temple with three most stairs anong Cambodia small circuit. It's s good climb so be careful

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