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March 24, 2012

Ta Som

Ta Som is a Buddhist temple, built during the reign of King Jayavarman VII in 1186 and dedicated to the memory of his father. Ta Som is located just east of Neak Pean and in the north east of Angkor Thom.

The temple is surrounded by two walls, dividing it into three enclosures. The outside wall is a bulwark of approximately 200m of 240m with two Gopuras (entrance doors) on the East and West. These monumental entrances are topped towers with four faces, each facing a cardinal point. North and South, there are only decorated false doors.

The inner enclosure is a gallery with beautiful and well-preserved carved reliefs of apsarasas and devatas. It is preceded by a moat and accessible by two cross-shaped terraces, decorated with nagas (snakes). The sanctuary is a single shrine, located on one level and surrounded by a small enclosure wall of 20m by 30m. Like the nearby Preah Khan and Ta Prohm, Ta Som temple is left almost neglected as when it was found.  Lush vegetation grows among the ruins.

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