Angkor temples are a perfect backdrop for photo shootings. So we are not surprised to see some of them during our visit of the Angkor temples Neak Pean, Prasat Ta Som, Eastern Mebon and Prasat Pre Rup.
After we visited Preah Khan we continue to Northern Baray, one of three major reservoirs.
Neak Pean – The entwined serpents
In the middle of the 3.5 km long basin is the Neak Pean Temple. A Prasat (temple tower) rises in the middle of a square water basin.
On each of the four sides is an additional somewhat lowered water basin. Two sculptures of snakes wind around the stairs of the central Prasat.
In all four directions is a gargoyle (human head, lion’s head, horse head, elephant head). The temple was built in the 12th century by King Jayavarman VII.
Prasat Ta Som
Prasat Ta Som is one of the smaller temples in Angkor. It was also built in the 12th century by King Jayavarman VII and expanded under his successor Indravarman II.
It is a flat temple, surrounded by three walls. Because we have only limited time available, we refrain from further inspection. It would have been interesting to see the eastern gate, which is completely overgrown.
The East Mebon belongs to the oldest temples in Angkor. It was built in the 10th century by King Rajendravarman II. It was commissioned, after the capital of the Khmer empire moved from Koh Ker to Angkor. Originally, the temple was on an island in the Eastern Baray, which has dried out today.
The Temple Mount has 4 levels, which are guarded by elephants and lions.
A steep staircase leads to the top level with a central temple tower. Four flanking brick towers are located on the third level.
At the time of our visit a fashion shoot took place that interested us as well.
Prasat Pre Rup
The Prasat Pre Rup is the most important temple of the 10th century in Angkor. It was set up by King Rajendravarman II, nine years after the construction of the Eastern Mebon as a state temple. At the lower level, merchants sell tapestries and posters.
On the stairs to the top level, another photo shoot takes place, which is disturbed by light rain. On a two-step terrace rises a 12 m high three-tier pyramid with five temple towers (Prasat).
We refrain from the climb, however, with the impressions from 6 temples, we drive back to the Central Boutique Angkor Hotel
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