Ta Keo

Attraction Ta Keo Cambodia Published on: 13-11-2015

30 mins
09:00 AM
09:45 AM
First-time visit
Attraction
Nature
Must see
Kids
Architecture
Weird
Temple & Monument
20.00 USD

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Ta Keo temple is the first to be largely constructed of sandstone. Upon seeing it, the geometric quality of the uncarved stone blocks makes a big impression

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Why Ta Keo is special ?

Takeo is a famous Hindu temple of the Angkor complex, built in late 10th century under the reign of the King Jayavarman V. The first name of the temple was Hemasringagiri which means the Golden Peak Mountain before the King Suryavarman I built a part of it and changed it name to Jagisvara Pandita. Nowadays, Takeo is one of the must-see temple of Siem Reap as well as of the Angkor group. With the special in structure: pyramid - shaped temple of five levels with 40m in height. Takeo is the only temple built by the biggest blocks of sandstones in the Angkor and it dedicates to the god Shiva - a powerful Hindu god.

What to explore at Ta Keo?

When coming to visit Takeo temple, visitors will easy find out how the ancient Khmer people built this temple : just set a block of stone on another to form the shape of a temple then they considered about decorating. Takeo temple consists of five levels. The two first form the base, one another creats the shape of a moat, the other is organized in the quincunx way and covered by walls and carvings. Annually, Takeo draws thousands of tourists coming to visit and quickly become an impressive tourist attraction in Angkor as well as in Siem Reap province.

Selling points

  • Tallest temple in the Angkor
  • Lovely view from the top
  • Worth the climb to the top
  • Steep steps, fun challenge
  • Great views
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Duration
3.0 days
Estimated
457.90 USD
Total travel distance
km
Number of places
25 places

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Tips for you

  • Don't forget to bring bottles of water.
    What to bring
  • Do wear comfortable shoes and bottoms to climb this temple. Steps are narrow and steep, with no hand rails.
    What to wear
  • You need to obtain your tickets from the main entrance (before getting to Angkor Wat) at all times during the tour since they check those tickets at each subsequent stop, not just at Angkor Wat.
    Experience
  • The way up is really steep. There is even a sign: "'to take your own risks'. However if you're not scared of height, this can be a good thing to do.
    Experience

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Bring long pants and sleeves or you won't be key up the temple stairs! Bring water. Guide or book will enhance experience. I preferred my book. Diy. Biking hard- rent a tuktuk or motorbike ($10-12.) See at least a few different temples because they all are a bit different! Best: Angkor wat, ta Prohm (tomb raider temple), bakheng (views great, temple boring), ta kao (ziggurat style!), elephant terrace, banterey kdei (walk to end to see huge fig tree!).

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We didn't visit this temple but did stop to admire its height and structure from a far. An older temple this stands extremely tall and is currently being refurbished. Its size is impressive and if we had had more time then I would have liked to have climbed its height for the views. Alas time and probably my ability to make such a time in the heat was against us so unfortunately only a few admiring glances from a distance.

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Ta Keo is a very tall Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva. Compared to other Angkor structures it is a couple of centuries older - dating to mid 10th C. You pass it driving between Angkor Thom and Ta Prohm. The steps up look far too intimidating to tackle in oppressive afternoon heat. I got my Tuk Tuk driver to stop just for a couple of photos and that was all.

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Bring long pants and sleeves or you won't be key up the temple stairs! Bring water. Guide or book will enhance experience. I preferred my book. Diy. Biking hard- rent a tuktuk or motorbike ($10-12.) See at least a few different temples because they all are a bit different! Best: Angkor wat, ta Prohm (tomb raider temple), bakheng (views great, temple boring), ta kao (ziggurat style!), elephant terrace, banterey kdei (walk to end to see huge fig tree!).

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