- Lin Yutang
Ta Som temple is a small temple, but within its smaller dimensions many similarities can be found between itself and Ta Prohm and Banteay Kdei - it is almost a small 'replica' of these larger
A moat surrounds the temple within broken laterite walls, within which are contained the gopura to enter the building. Reminiscent of the Bayon, they are decorated with striking faces which are wonderfully carved into the stonework, and the eastern gopura is intertwined with a sacred fig which has grown through the structure and into the ground. The external wall also is home to some beautiful and welcoming devatas. Once you enter the inner enclosure, it is a tight fit! Long fallen construction blocks obstruct entrances to the library, and to enter the doors and pass through the passageways you must stoop and kneel. This does however add to the charm of the temple, and the isolated decadence of the temple makes for attractive viewing throughout, especially given the silence and serenity of the jungle setting, and the high chance that you will experience it alone. Don't miss the pediments depicting Lokesvara around the eastern enclosure.
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