"Ta Keo" Khett Siem Reab Things to Do Tip by dancinbudgie

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Ta Keo was constructed between the late 10th and early 11th century and was the first to be made totally of sandstone. It is a Hindu temple, and was begun under King Jayavarman V. Construction continued under both Jayaviravarman and Suryavarman I.

It was originally known as 'The mountain with the golden peaks'. According to our guide, it is now known as 'the unlucky temple'. He claims that some time before it was completed it was struck by lightning and so abandoned. We thought that was pretty funny...we imagined the poor guys working on it, lugging all that sandstone up to the top in the heat, saying to each other, "Not long now boys, and we'll be done. This one's gonna be a beauty!" ...and then lightning strikes and the big boss says "That's it...no good...down tools. We're chucking it in!"
Wouldn't some very unhappy tradies have headed home that day?!?! Crack-up!

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  • Updated Jun 13, 2009
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