Photographer's Note

The temples of the Angkor are well guarded by both male and female guards. Although most major temples cover vast areas, help is always at hand for tourists. This is a smartly dressed guard inside the Ta Keo Temple. It was close to noon, not the best time to get good outdoor photographs and it was drizzling as well. I couldn't pull off a decent photograph of the temple but the light filtering in through the doorways of the uppermost tier of the temple was good enough for this portrait.
Ta Keo is a towering but plainly decorated temple-mountain dedicated to Shiva. Known in its time as ‘the mountain with golden peaks’, this was one of the first temple to be constructed wholly of sandstone. It was constructed as a state-temple by Jayavarman V. Unlike previous kings, he built Ta Keo outside of his main capital area. Many Angkorian temples are partially unfinished, but Ta Keo seems to have stopped construction particularly early in the decoration phase of construction, as there are very few carvings. Yet Ta Keo is an interesting temple well worth a visit.

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Additional Photos by Sabyasachi Talukdar (sabyasachi1212) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3140 W: 281 N: 5210] (19779)
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