List of some of the temples according to the year of construction:


Preah Ko | Bakong | Lolei | Phnom Krom | Prasat Kravan | East Mebon | Pre Rup | Banteay Srei | Phimeanakas and the Royal Palace | Ta Keo | Baphuon | Angkor Wat | Banteay Samre | Srah Srang | Preah Khan | The Elephants Terrace | Neak Pean | Ta Som | Ta Prohm | Banteay Kdei | Bayon | Leper King Terrace


East Mebon

This temple lies only about 1.3 kilometers/1400 yards to the north of Pre Rup temple (see below). Dedicated to the Shiva god and built by King Rajendravarman in the early 950’s, East Mebon was once surrounded by water, as it was built in the middle of a massive-man-made reservoir (barray), called Yasodharatataka.

There are a few souvenir shops and food stalls on the east side of the temple’s entrance and an electric bike station.

Click the picture above for more and bigger photos of the temple and click here for more details about East Mebon (by the Angkor Guide.com).

Pre Rup

Built in the 960's by King Rajendravarman, Pre Rup is also known as a pyramid temple or temple mountain. Located at about 1.5 miles/2.5 kilometers to the east of Banteay Kdei/Srah Srang temple, Pre Rup means “to turn the body”. As with the previous temples above, it is also dedicated to Vishnu (it is another Hindu temple), while the images depicted on the temple’s corners represent the ancestors of King Rajendravarman.

Click the picture above for more and bigger photos of the temple and click here for more details about Pre Rup (by the Angkor Guide.com).

Banteay Srei

One of the farthest temples from Siem Reap city center, Banteay Srei is located at about 15 miles/25 kilometers to the north east of Prasat Kravan and it is known as the third biggest temple after Angkor Wat and Bayon.

Banteay Srei, which literally means “citadel of the Women”, was built in the 960’s by King Rajendravarman II, and it is dedicated to Vishnu and Shiva. This temple is also the first ancient Khmer temple that was restored by adopting the integral restoration method that is applied by archaeologists in Java, Indonesia, a reminder of the old relation between ancient kingdoms in Java and ancient Khmer rulers.

Click the picture above for more and bigger photos of the temple and click here for more details about Banteay Srei (by the Angkor Guide.com).

Phimeanakas and the Royal Palace

Built in the late 10th century by King Jayavarman V and King Udayadityavarman I, this site is located at about 3.7 kilometers/2.3 miles to the north of the western gate of Angkor Wat.

Phimeanakas is a big pyramid temple influenced by Hinduism, as with the other temples mentioned earlier here. It consists of three levels, reaching a height of slightly more than 10 meters, where visitors used to be able to see the Angkor City from its top level. Unfortunately, these views are now blocked by surrounding trees. To climb up, visitors need to reach its really steep steps on the western side of the pyramid.

There are mythical lion statues placed on every side of the temples, which were meant to “guard” the temple. Apart from the lion statues, there are also elephant statues, as in the past elephants were deployed for mostly transportation and transporting heavy goods.

Next to the Phimeanakas, there was a Royal Palace that was built on wood, measuring 13 meters/42 feet by 15 meters/49 feet. The Royal Palace enclosure has a few doors: one was dedicated for the Royal family and the others were used by the ordinary people. This is noticeable by the size of the doors/gates and their ornaments.

Unfortunately, today there is nothing left from the Royal Palace but its enclosure. The ancient Khmers are said to have abandoned “almost everything” when they moved to Phnom Penh hundreds of years ago.

Click the picture above for more and bigger photos of the area around the temple and click here for more details about Phimeanakas (by the Angkor Guide.com).

Ta Keo

This is another Hindu temple, which was built in the early 1000's by King Jayavarman V, but never completed. Ta Keo, which means the Ancestor Keo or the Tower of Crystal, is located at about 1.6 miles/2.5 kilometers to the east of the Terrace of the Elephants.

Ta Keo is believed to be the first temple built utterly in sandstone and has a pyramid style, having a total of 5 levels, with a top height of 22 meters (72 feet). It was found in the late 1910's.

Click the picture above for more and bigger photos of the temple and click here for more details about Ta Keo (by the Angkor Guide.com).





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