Bat Chum

Bat Chum

Bat Chum

Dedicated in 960AD during the reign of Rajendravarman by the only known royal architect Kavindrarimathana. The same architect who was responsible for the royal palace, Prasat Pre Rup and East Mebon. Although his king religiion was hindu, his was Buddhist as is this temple. Rarely visited by tourists, thankfully, it get much needed repair as you can see here. There are still fine lintles, door colonettes and beautiful inscriptions on each door jam for all 3 shrines.

Taken on: 17th August, 2012. Copyright: All Rights Reserved - See Khmer dude បុរស​​​ខែ្ម's page of Flickr

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Cambodia's Angkor is, quite simply, one of the most splendid attractions in all of Southeast Asia. Long considered "lost", the ruins of Angkor were never really lost to the Khmers, who have used the monuments as religious sites throughout their history.

The myth of "The Lost Ruins of Angkor" is more suited to an Angelina Jolie film than the history books. The story more or less begins with their being "rediscovered" by Western explorers in the 19th century, beginning with the French botanist Henri Mahout who stumbled across Angkor Wat in 1860. Few remember though that Mahout was led to the site by a Khmer guide and that when he arrived, he found a flourishing Buddhist monastery within the temple grounds.

During the Khmer Rouge period, the ruins were largely left to their own devices.Like most Khmers, even Pol Pot was unable to shake the power of the site, saying in 1977, "If our people can make Angkor, they can make anything."

Never lost, lost then ... Read our complete Angkor travel guide

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