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Prasat Chrung

Built towards the end of the King Jayavarman VII’s reign, the four Prasat Chrung share the same layout: a cruciform sanctuary and a square stone pavilion. Carvings of small celestial beings on the sanctuary and pediments devoted to Lokeshvara and Buddhas are very attractive. The best preserved is the one located in the South-East corner.

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Phnom Bok

Devoted to Shiva, Brahma and Vishnu, the temple was constructed on the early 10th century under Yashovarman I. The visit of the temple involves climbing up 630 steps of a steep mountain. The view from the top is magical and offers 360-degree views of Angkor Wat and the Kulen Mountains.

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Phnom Bakheng

Phimeanakas is to be found inside the Royal Palace of Angkor Thom, home to Angkor’s kings for many centuries. According to Zhou Daguan, a Chinese envoy who spent time in Angkor in 1296-97, the king was said to have had intercourse nightly in this temple with a woman who was the incarnation of a nine-headed serpent.

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Phimeanakas

Phimeanakas is to be found inside the Royal Palace of Angkor Thom, home to Angkor’s kings for many centuries. According to Zhou Daguan, a Chinese envoy who spent time in Angkor in 1296-97, the king was said to have had intercourse nightly in this temple with a woman who was the incarnation of a nine-headed serpent.

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Neak Pean

Neak Pean was built under Jayavarman VII, it is located at the center of the reservoir the Northern Baray, Jayatataka, dry until 2011, the year the Authorities started to refill it. Two “coiled serpent” framing the central tower and explain the name of the monument. This site’s cruciform layout symbolizes a miraculous lake in the Himalayas.

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