Ta Som

Attraction Ta Som, Siem Reap, Cambodia Published on: 13-11-2015

30 mins
09:00 AM
09:45 AM
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Attraction
Nature
Kids
Architecture
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Temple & Monument
20.00 USD

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  • Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
Ta Som is a small temple which seems to be almost hidden by trees. Despite its small size, Ta Som is definitely well worth a visit.

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Why Ta Som is special ?

The Khmer temple of Ta Som, located at the eastern end of the Northern Baray at Angkor, was built at the end of the twelfth century during the reign of the powerful Buddhist King Jayavarman VII. Little is known of the history and purpose of Ta Som. It was likely dedicated to Jayavarman VII’s father, although some have speculated that it may have been dedicated to one of his teachers. The site is relatively small compared with the many other temples built under Jayavarman’s reign.

What to explore at Ta Som?

Today Ta Som is one of many temples that can be visited at Angkor. Both outer entrance gopuras of Ta Som are good examples of well preserved towers depicting Avalokiteshvara (the bodhisattva of compassion); with its tower structure enveloped by a large Ficus tree, it’s easy to understand how nature and buildings can be hard to separate throughout Ankor Archaeological Park. Each temple at Angkor has a different character and Ta Som’s smaller scale and beautiful sculpture ensure that visitors who seek it out will be treated to another piece of Angkor’s history and artistic treasures.

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Selling points

  • The properties in Siem Reap
  • A hidden Gem
  • Ta Som, a beautiful jewel temple
  • Great small temple with more stunning trees
  • Not so busy, nice and small place
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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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Ta Som, Siem Reap, Cambodia

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Tips for you

  • Don't forget to bring hats, sun protection and camera.
    What to bring
  • You need to wear appropriately to enter the complex.
    What to wear
  • Entrance fee is included in the ticket to get to Angkor complex.
    Ticket and Pricing
  • The most famous part about this temple is the tree root door.
    Things to do
  • Make sure you walk all the way to the end as that's where the large tree sits atop of one of the temple faces. It's roots encircle the entrance/ doorway which is impressive.
    Things to do

Reviews

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We loved this temple! It is pretty far out so it is not on the radar of the tour groups or even most individuals. It is totally worth the trek to visit. This temple will totally give you your own Tomb Raider/Indiana Jones moment. Very quiet, we were pretty much alone during our visit. Smaller temple so not a long visit, but worth it.I definitely recommend you visit this temple! Tip: go all the way to the back. There is a tree growing over the temple like the famous Ta Prohm temple, but without the crowds. Perfect photo opportunity. There is also lots of shade, which makes for a cooler visit.

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The most distant temple on the grand circuit, it is a small Bayon-style monastic complex similar to Ta Prohm. Many of the carvings are still in good condition. Not many visitors so a good place to stop for photos and quiet time to explore.

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There's a bit of a walk from the tuk tuk drop-off point, but the shady forest path is quite lovely. The temple itself is not enormous or intricate, but there are some nice carvings and a contemplative atmosphere. It's a typical stop on the Grand Circuit tour and fits well with the rest of the stops.

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We loved this temple! It is pretty far out so it is not on the radar of the tour groups or even most individuals. It is totally worth the trek to visit. This temple will totally give you your own Tomb Raider/Indiana Jones moment. Very quiet, we were pretty much alone during our visit. Smaller temple so not a long visit, but worth it. I definitely recommend you visit this temple! Tip: go all the way to the back. There is a tree growing over the temple like the famous Ta Prohm temple, but without the crowds. Perfect photo opportunity. There is also lots of shade, which makes for a cooler visit.

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