Prasat Kravan

The real attraction lies within

What we say: 3 stars



Set just off the road from the east gate to Angkor Wat to Banteay Kdei, with its five squat brick sanctuaries Prasat Kravan looks like a bit of a drab affair, but the real attraction is within. There’s a large platform on one side and a pond on the other, where you may spot the occasional frog fishing, as we did on our last visit.

Deceptively simple on the outside.

Deceptively simple on the outside.

Unique for Khmer art, the interior of the sanctuaries contain brick bas reliefs of an outstanding standard. At the time of construction, Khmer brickies didn’t use mortar but a vegetable compound instead. This has allowed the bricks to sit very close together and further accentuates the appeal of the bas reliefs.

It's what's on the inside that counts.

It’s what’s on the inside that counts.

If you see the occasional CA (stands for “Conservation Angkor”) on some bricks, you’re looking at one of the bricks that formed a part of the restoration that took place in the late 1960s. The name Prasat Kravan means “Cardomom Sanctuary“, a reference to a large cardomom tree that once grew on the grounds. Conservation and restoration efforts continue.

Last updated: 31st January, 2015

About the author:
Caroline swapped the drizzle of Old Blighty for the dazzling sunshine of Siem Reap and she spends most weekends cycling the temple-studded terrain that she can call her backyard.
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