The Buddhist temple was built around 960 by the same architect who built the temple of East Mebon. He is the only Khmer architect whose name is known to us. It is a small Buddhist temple made of bricks, nestled among the rice paddies. Poems praising the temple´s builder are engraved on each of the door uprights.
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The East Mebon rises up from the middle of a huge dry reservoir, the east Baray (7.5 km x 1.83 km) that was capable of holding 55 million cubic meters of water. The same architect who built Bat Chum built the Mebon. An inscription indicates that the divinity of this Temple was dedicated on Friday 28th January 953 at 11 AM.
Known in English as the River of 1,000 Lingas, Kbal Spean has hundreds of Brahmanist yoni and lingas which have been carved into the stone riverbed of Steung Siem Reap. The river is said to represent the life force which joins the phallic and feminine carvings creating blessed water.