Khleangs

Not really worth the effort

No pic at the moment -- Sorry!

What we say: 2 stars

Set opposite the Royal Enclosure, behind Suor Prat and placed symmetrically on either side of the royal road to the Victory gate, the distinctive north and south Khleangs gave birth to their own style.

This style — the aptly named Khleang style — is also evidenced at Phimeanakas and Ta Keo. While the two appear to have been constructed as a set, that isn't the case. The northern Khleang was built first, by Jayaviravarman, with the southern following later during the reign of Suryavarman I, but was never finished.

Their actual purpose is a bit of a mystery, though given the name means "storeroom" it has been suggested that they were used to, well, store things — perhaps even people in the form of visiting foreign dignitaries.

It isn't really worth going out of your way for though the northern Khleang contains some heraldic style lintels in reasonable condition.

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Behind (to the east) of Suor Prat
Last updated: 27th December, 2009

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