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Thommanon

Date of Construction:
Late 11th - Early 12th century C.E.
Religious Affiliation:
Hinduism
Patron or King:
Suryavarman II
Artistic/Archeo. Style:
Angkor Wat
Location:
AAP/PC - Near the West Gate of Angkor Thom
Duration of Visit:
15-30 minutes. Combine with visit to Chau Say Tevoda
Time to Visit:
Anytime
Position:
13d26'50N  103d52'38E

Small, attractive temple in very good condition, built at the same time as Angkor Wat. The Angkor Wat style is most easily seen in the style of the towers and carved devatas. Thommanon seems to stand in conjunction with Chau Say Tevoda across the street, but was built decades earlier. Thommanon is currently in much better condition than Chau Say Tevoda, in part because archaeologists heavily restored it in the 1960's. But even before restoration, Thommanon was in better shape due in part to the lack of the stone-enclosed wood beams in Thommanonís super-structure that were used in Chau Say Tevodaís construction. Many of Thommanonís carvings are in excellent condition. The colors of the age stained sandstone against the jungle are very photogenic, particularly in the wet season.
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