Chau Say Tevoda

Undergoing a makeover

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What we say: 3 stars

Set opposite Thomannon, Chau Say Tevoda has recently benefited from a serious makeover funded by the Chinese government, with missing blocks replaced, walls consolidated and carvings de-mossed and cleaned up.

The new blocks unfortunately now stick out like sore thumbs but give it a year or two and it should be looking good. Along with its sister temple Thomannon, this is certainly worth a look if you can spare the time between the more famous temples, but if you only have time for one then check out Thomannon for its superb lintels and pediments.

Slightly later than Thomannon, Chau Say Tevoda may still have been begun by Dharanindravarman since it too has several explicitly Buddhist carvings, before being continued by Suryavarman II and perhaps Yasovarman II.

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