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“An unfinished construct temple in Angkor City centre”
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Ta Keo
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Siem Reap Full-Day Temple Tour by Bike
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“An unfinished construct temple in Angkor City centre”
Reviewed February 4, 2012

This is an unique temple. An unfinished construction temple after the 1st King died. In history, after the death of the 1st king, the son who took over the kingdom, do not wish to continue to construct, leaving it behind of the unfinished work. Be here to look at the sculptures and work, it's amazing.

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“Crikey its a bit steep!!!”
Reviewed December 24, 2011

A rather tiring climb...and its not even that high. Certainly envied the guide who ran up and down like a gazelle.
We visited late afternoon and were virtually the only visitors so it was good to be able to reach the top and chill for a bit rather than have to battle through lots of other tourists.
Its a lovely temple and the views from the top are worth the climb. Do watch your footing though because some of the steps are quite narrow and uneven, they also vary in height. There is no handrail to hold onto but, if you want my advice, stay close to the edge so you can use the stone balustrades for support on the way down.

Visited November 2011
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“An unfinished masterpiece at your choice”
Reviewed January 10, 2011

I am quite suprised that only a few people had wrote about Ta Keo. As an unfinished temple, a height of 45 m (15 stories building) is amazing. The building of the temple was initiated by Jayavarman V, but never completed after the king's death.

The temple looked "square" without any fine-tuned sculptures and bas-reliefs. It is easy to access, as it located just beside the main road east to Angkor Thom. It is a prominent structure and you will never miss it on your way from Angkor Thom to Ta Prohm.

For more of my experience in Siem Reap and Angkor Archaeological Park, please visit my blog at:
http://bettyandlingshing.blogspot.com/2010/12/preah-khan-and-ta-prohm.html

Visited December 2010
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“You have to climb up this”
Reviewed September 4, 2008

Pronounced "Ta Kao", this is an unfinished temple we are told. Don't expect the ornate or elaborate carvings, etc. It is quite bare and yet one of my favourites. Here's why:

It stands over 150 feet and even in its unfinished state, is quite imposing; Unlike Angkor Wat where different levels are separated with walkways and each different level is quite far apart, this temple's levels are all very close by thus making it look as if it was a straight incline; Stand at the bottom and you will not be able to see the top - it is steep; It makes a good, steep climb, which is one of the reasons why I like it.

Why not, after all, the top level of Angkor Wat is still closed (as at end August 2008) and one would be 'deprived' of having to climb up the narrow and steep steps of Angkor Wat - which is always the talking point of every visitor. So, Ta Keo will give you an alternative 'fix'.

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