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Prasat Ta Moen

Phanom Dong Rak District-Cambodia 2022

As part of our "remote temples tour" on our third day in Banteay Chhmar, we visited this one of three remote temples.

Prasat Ta Muen Thom is located at Ta Muen col (or Chong Khao Ta Miang) within Phanom Dong Rak Mountain Range. It is the largest Prasat in the Prasat Ta Muen Historical Park, which consists of the Prasat Ta Muen Thom is the largest building of the group (Thom is Khmer language meaning large). The castle is on the hill over the sacred natural rocks in a form of Sayumphu Siwalueng.assorted sizes three stone castles, the largest to the smallest size: Prasat Ta Muen Thom, Prasat Ta Muen Tod, and Prasat Ta Muen.

These are set in the hills close to the Thai border and as such have a Cambodian military presence. It is customary to take some small treat with you for the soldiers who guard the temples from theft. Our guides took cigarettes and other small treats. We brought with us some shortbread biscuits. They were very touched that we had taken something in addition to the guides offerings.

This Prasat is at the top of a two kilometer road, although military folk are allowed to drive up and down it we were not, so parking the car at the bottom we walked the two kilometers up the hill. In itself not totally unpleasant, as when i stopped for breath (which was often lol) there were spectacular views to be had of the most utterly green and beautiful countryside.

The wide road itself os flanked by rocks and hill on one side and dense-ish forest on the other.

But oh boy! when you got to the top and climbed the steps up to the Temple it was stunning! just stunning! I will let the pictures speak for themselves now....

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Posted by TheJohnsons 03:57 Archived in Cambodia Tagged art buildings architecture temple religion history palace thailand buddhism building famous place castle rock stone old for tour religious destination thai ancient sanctuary historic brick outdoor construction landmark heaven structure journey worship ruin hindu northeast build con belief

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