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Phnom Krom Temple

Phnom Krom is a 137meters high hill located about 12kilometers southwest of Siem Reap at the northern end of the Tonle Sap Lake. Situated on the hilltop, Phnom Krom temple was built in the late 9th and early 10th centuries by King Yasovarman I, dedicating to Brahmanism trinity – Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma.

The temple is square in plan and consists of three towers made of sandstone in a row standing on a low rectangular platform. They are oriented in north to south direction. The central shrine is dedicated to Shiva, the northern shrine to Vishnu and the shrine to Brahma. The upper portions of the towers have collapsed and the facades are dilapidated. The towers are surrounded by a laterite rampart intersected on each side by cruciform gopura. Originally, three long halls built of laterite, probably rest houses, were located two on the south, one on the north. Only base of these remain. Four small, square structures stand in the courtyard in front of the central tower. All four open to the west and have a series of holes in the walls, features that suggest they may have been used as crematoriums.

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