"Ta Keo" Angkor Wat Things to Do Tip by Etoile2B
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Perhaps one of my favorite temples that we visited in Angkor was Ta Keo. I think it was more of the whole experience we had while visiting this temple that made it so special. We arrived here on our second morning after a visit to Ta Prohm and we were the only visitors to the temple when we arrived. Ta Keo features an extremely steep set of stairs you must climb to reach the top of the temples. Fortunately, this temple is not as popular as the famous Angkor Wat, so although the steps here are as precipitous you?re not competing with the hordes to scale them so it?s a seemingly less dangerous climb. Construction on Ta Keo was begun in the late 10th century and completed in the 11th century for Jayavarman V. It is a Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva. Ta Keo means Mountain with Golden Peaks.
During our visit we climbed to the top of the temple and started to explore. The upper level of Ta Keo provides great views of the surrounding jungle and gives a nice birds-eye view the temple. Here we encountered a small group of temple children who apparently care for, and live in and around this temple. These children weren?t selling anything and were more interested in playing with the other children in the temple than wacky tourists like us. Later into our visit we were joined by more guests, some being a group of saffron robed monks who acted more like teenaged tourists than introspective men of the cloth. They were as fascinated with us (and the other tourists) as we were of them.
Directions: Past the Victory (East) Gate of Angkor Thom on the Small Tour Circuit on the western border of the East Baray.
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