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Reviewed 28 May 2019

Although quite small, this is a truly complete structure which feels like it was stuck in time and never fell prey to the forces of nature which tore apart the rest of the complex. This small area felt like an eastern version of a medieval chapel. I really loved this!

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank JSTrip_77
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Reviewed 21 April 2019

Stopped by on the way from Bayon to Ta Prohm and got some beautiful photos in while nobody was there.

Date of experience: April 2019
1  Thank Steven W
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Reviewed 16 March 2019

Thommanon is a small, gorgeous representation of Angkor architecture. In the 1960’s, the temple was the focus of a meticulous restoration project. As a result, some extremely fine examples of Khmer artwork, hieroglyphs, and architecture can be viewed at Thommanon.
After studying the temple’s design and stonework, archeologists have concluded that Thommanon was erected shortly before the more famous Angkor Wat temple was built. The beauty and success of Thommanon was almost certainly a major source of inspiration for the architects of Angkor Wat.
Thommanon’s weathered sandstone appears to glow in the light of the setting sun. In the late afternoon, the temple’s main tower gives off hues of salmon, deep red, oxidized copper, and tan. Make sure your camera has a full roll of film or a large memory card, because you’ll want to take plenty of pictures.
You will first enter Thommanon from the east, after which you will pass through a gopura (a Hindu temple gateway). From the gopura you will walk through a mandapa, or outdoor hallway, and into a stunning antechamber. The antechamber opens up to the grand central sanctuary. A massive Angkor-style prasat (tower) sits atop the central sanctuary. Standing beneath this well-preserved prasat, you will feel humbled and awe-stricken by the efforts of the ancients.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank shanks123
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Reviewed 19 February 2019

Sunday 13th January and we were on a guided tour of the ancient Temple complex of Angkor and we visited this Temple.

Thommanon, a Hindu Temple was built in the twelfth century and is dedicated to Shiva and Vishnu.

This small small temple is situated directly opposite the Chau Say Tevoda, a similar style and sized Temple to this one. It is also a short distance from the Victory Gate with Ta Keo nearby.

Thommanon is one of the smaller Temples in the complex and is likely to be overlooked and forgotten about. It is worth a short visit, it does not disappoint. There are beautiful carvings to see.

It is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank David D
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Reviewed 13 January 2019

This Temple, similar to Chau Say Tevoda Temple (see my review), is easily accessible by wheelchair and crutches from the carpark (slight incline from the carpark, but grass and dirt ground giving good traction) and well worth a visit. Once at the front of it, the temple can be accessed from all sides and the interior too, using a wheelchair. Need to watch out for tree roots sticking out of the ground, but a path can be easily made around these. For those who can stand and walk, there is a raised stone platform surrounding the buildings that is not tall and you can stand on them to get great photos up close and personal with this 12th Century Temple. Otherwise just park your wheelchair in front of the buildings for equally exquisite photos. For those who want to be more adventurous this small temple (single towered) means there are fewer stairs than larger temples (but they are of stone and therefore uneven and also have pieces missing from them and are narrow and steep) to get inside the temple. Take the opportunity to have a panoramic photo of the temple whist you peer out of a window or stand in a doorway. Admire the stone carving statues on the exterior stone walls and the carved pediments too. This temple also had fewer crowds than at other temples which made the going easier. It is an exciting experience to be able to immerse yourself in such ancient and significant history as the Khmer history, and temples such as this one and Chau Say Tevoda allow for everyone of any fitness level to be able to accomplish this.

Date of experience: August 2018
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