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Ta Keo – Temple


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Ta Keo from the West

Ta Keo from the West

Built during the reign of Jayavarman V and formerly dedicated in 1000 AD, it was one of the first temples to be built entirely of sandstone, however was never fully completed. According to inscriptions, this was due to it being struck by lightning, which was seen as a bad omen. However another likely reason may have been that the King died before its completion, where upon a struggle for succession followed.

Originally surrounded by a moat measuring 255 by 195 meters (which no longer exists), the overall layout, like almost all of the temples at Angkor, runs its axis on an East to West direction. From the eastern entrance, there is a causeway that runs 500 meters directly to a landing stage on the now filled in Eastern Baray (Eastern reservoir). Like other temples in the region, this was symbolically important, tying it into Hindu mythology stories, with the temple lending itself as a depiction of Mount Meru and the reservoir the Hindu Sea of Creation.

Ta Keo Looking down the steep steps

Ta Keo Looking down the steep steps

Following in the style of many other Angkor pyramid temples, the layout consists of five-tier levels. The first tier is rectangular in shape and measures 122 by 106 meters and contains two long galleries on the eastern side. The second tier rises 5.5 meters to a level measuring 80 by 75 meters and is surrounded on all 4 sides by a gallery. The final pyramid is 60 m square at its base and rises 14 m in three narrow sets of steps from the second level. The top tier measures 47 meters square and stands 21.5 meters above the ground.

5 towers can be found on the top tier, the tallest of which is the central tower, surrounded by 4 smaller towers. The central tower is raised on a 4-meter high platform and has a total height of 45 meters from the ground.