Angkor Tom - Tep Pranam

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General information, history

Tep Pranam (Tep Pranam) in Khmer means "delightful god".

Located on the territory of Angkor Tom, northwest of Terraces of the Leper King.

It is quite difficult to call it a temple, because only the Buddha statue is available for inspection, the rest of the territory is in disrepair and badly destroyed.

Dedicated to Buddhism, mixed style.

The time of construction of Tep Pranam is not exactly known. However, it has been established that on one of the steles of the pavilion there are inscriptions about the construction of a Buddhist monastery by King Yasovarman I (ruled from 889-900). Perhaps he was directly related to it. During its existence, the temple was repeatedly reconstructed and rebuilt, in particular, in the periods from XII to XIII centuries and from XV to XVI centuries. The territory of the temple was cleared in 1950.

Orientation, tips for inspection

Tepe Pranam is located a hundred meters from Terraces of the Leper King to the northwest. It is located in a quiet place remote from the main attractions. In this regard, we do not visit much, and it will be interesting only to true lovers of such artifacts. You can get to the temple only on foot, through a dense forest thicket.

The main entrance leading to the Buddha is on the west side.

It is not necessary to allocate more than a quarter of an hour for inspection, plus the same amount for the road to it.

The first half of the day is suitable for photos.

Construction, architecture

The road to the main entrance to the temple runs along a long terrace (about 50 m long and 8 m wide), framed at the entrance by statues of lions and nagas, and extending to the pavilion with the Buddha up to 14 m wide. The pavilion itself is a roofed open terrace made of wood with a statue of Buddha sitting on a lotus. The Buddha statue is located on a meter-high elevation, the height of the statue is 6 m.

Behind the terrace there is a cross-shaped platform (30 m by 30 m), or rather what remains of the temple of Tepe Pranam. The reason for this was the short–lived materials from which the temple was erected - sandstone and wood.

If you walk from Tepe Pranam a little to the west, you can see the remains of the pool and another statue of a standing Buddha, 4 m high.

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