Along with its sister temple Thomannon just over the road, Chau Say Tevoda is 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. The temple features a couple of libraries as well as a long causeway which leads to a terrace — beyond that, the Siem Reap river.
Restoration work was carried out between 2000-2009 with restricted access, but it’s fully open now and to the untrained eye the new blocks no longer stick out like they once did.
By Caroline Major
Last updated on 14th January, 2015.