After the break, rush to the first attraction in the afternoon, Ta Keo.
Tea Gum Temple is translated into Ta Gao Temple. It is a natural and unadorned temple. If it is finally built, it is undoubtedly one of the most exquisite buildings in Angkor. Built by Jeremiah V and dedicated to Shiva, it is the first Angkor temple built entirely of sandstone.
Tea Gum Temple is not big, it takes about 30 minutes to complete the tour. The top of the central tower is about 50 meters high and there are four relatively low pagodas around. The 4 towers are located at the four corners of a square, and the fifth tower is located in the center. This design is typical of the temples of Angkor.
As we all know, the Tea Gum Temple was repaired by the Chinese team. Tea Gum Temple is a tower of the King Kong Tower, a hard long strip of bluestone, neatly stacked on a three-story platform. The stairs are steep and not easy to climb. Be sure to slow down and slowly go up along the sides. On the entrance door, there are few carvings on the entire temple.
Carrying a camera and a heavy backpack, it is not easy to climb such a ladder. People who are uncomfortable with their hands and feet may have troubles when they are off the tower. The surrounding four square-shaped square towers are visible without excessive decoration and are made up of stone blocks. Hard sandstone can't be carved, which is why this temple lacks decoration. The clouds in the sky are quite thick, and it seems that there will be a rain coming soon. The foreigners who are climbing will have a leisurely view of the scenery in the central tower.
No one can determine why this temple has not been completed. There is a view that it may be that the construction of the temple was abandoned halfway through the construction of the temple. According to the inscription, the Tea Gum Temple was struck by lightning during the construction process, perhaps because of this ominous sign that it was abandoned.
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The name of the Tea Gum Temple is "ancient crystal" and is said to have been built as a touchstone for the construction of the Angkor Temple. The temple was built by the Jayamo V in the early 11th century, but due to the sudden death of the king, When the temple was built, it was hit by four lightning strikes. The people thought this was a bad omen, so the temple was abandoned after it was unfinished.
Because it is not finished, the Chajiao Temple has almost no wall carvings, and there are not many visitors here. Instead, there is a feeling of tranquility in the ancient temple, climbing a steep stone ladder and climbing the temple at the top. Everything belongs to you.
I actually loved this temple - it’s the most fun I had at any temple. The reason is that the climb to the top is extremely steep. It’s as close to vertical as you could imagine. Was drenched in sweat in the end after climbing up nearly 70 steps (getting down was a fun challenge!) - one to really enjoy if you are physically fit, one to avoid if you don’t like heights! #wintergetaway