The temple lies quite far from the main Angkor Park. It takes about 45 minutes to an hour to reach here from Siem Reap. You will pass the landmine Museum on the way.
It is a small temple built largely from red sandstone. It is also of just one story, so there is no climbing involved. It was originally a Shiva temple, but both Shiva and Vishnu were worshipped.
Apart from the beauty, the temple is also famous as Andre Malreux tried to steal four statues from here and got caught.
From the parking spot, you have to walk nearly a kilometre to reach the temple proper. There are three enclosures, each decorated with carvings. The innermost enclosure contains 3 buildings - two libraries and the temple proper. For fear of vandalism, the area is roped off. So you can enter the inner enclosure but cannot enter the buildings.
But even then it is well worth it as this is perhaps the most richly decorated structure in Angkor. Every inch of the buildings are richly decorated with either nature motifs or from Hindu religion and myths.
There are six stairways leading up to the platform of the main temple; each is guarded by two kneeling statues of human figures with animal heads; most of those now in place are replicas, the originals were stolen stolen or removed to museums.
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