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Ta Prohm

pong trees (dubbed “fromagers” by the French owing to their enormous roots that brought to mind an oozing camembert) have invaded this temple erected in the late 12th century under Jayavarman VII (dedicated in 1186). Its original name was Rajavihara, the royal monastery.

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Preah Khan Temple

In the late 12th century (the main divinity of the Temple was dedicated in 1191), Preah Khan (or “Sacred Sword”) was a considerable city as well as a Buddhist university. Today, it is a temple that invites visitors to meander slowly through and admire the architecture, decoration, the famous Hall of Dancers and, of course, the giant “fromagers”.

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Pre Rup Temple

Consecrated in 961, this temple is best visited at sunset when the surrounding rice fields are lit up by the setting sun. Located to the south of the East Mebon, it has a pyramidal base, five huge brick sanctuaries at ground floor, twelve sanctuaries on the second level of the pyramid and five towers at the top floor. Do not miss the devatas of the south-west sanctuary.

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