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March 24, 2012

Phimeanakas


Phimeanakas meaning “celestial temple” in Khmer is a temple at Angkor, Cambodia. Phimeanakas was built in late 10th century during the reign of Rajendravarman (from 941-968), then rebuilt by King Suryavarman II. Originally designed as a Hindu temple, it is in the shape of a three tier pyramid with a tower on top. Climbing to summit of the temple, you will be rewarded with fabulous view of surrounding landscape.

 


Phimeanakas features a mysterious Naga. According to legend, the king spent the first watch of every night with a woman thought to represent a Nāga in the tower, during that time, not even the queen was permitted to intrude. Only in the second watch the king returned to his palace with the queen. If the naga who was the supreme land owner of Khmer land did not show up for a night, the king's day would be numbered, if the king did not show up, calamity would strike his land.
 

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