Angkor Thom: The TEP Pranam
General information, history
TEP Pranam (Pranam Tep) translated from Khmer means "amazing God."
The temple it is quite difficult to call, as available for inspection only by a Buddha statue that the rest of the territory in ruins and heavily damaged.
Dedicated to Buddhism, the style mixed.
The time of construction of TEP Pranam not exactly known. However, it was found that on one of the stele pavilion, there are inscriptions about the construction of a Buddhist monastery by king Yasovarman I (ruled 889-900гг.). Perhaps he had a direct relation. During its existence the Church was repeatedly subjected to modifications and alterations, particularly in periods the XII and XIII centuries, and c XV to XVI centuries, the Clearing of the temple was made in 1950
Orientation, tips for inspection
TEP Pranam is located a few hundred meters from the Terrace of the Leper King at the North-West. It is located in a remote from the main attractions, quiet location. Therefore, little visited, and is only of interest to true fans of these kind of artifacts. To reach the temple by foot only, through a dense thicket.
Main entrance leading to the Buddha is located on the West side.
On inspection it is not necessary to allocate more than a quarter of an hour, plus the same amount on the road to it.
For photo suitable the day.
The road to the main entrance to the temple lies along the long terrace (about 50 m long and 8 m wide), framed at the entrance by statues of lions and Nagas and expanding to the pavilion with the Buddha up to 14 m in width. The pavilion is a roofed outdoor terrace made of wood with a statue sitting on a Lotus Buddha. The statue of Buddha is located on the foot elevation, the height of the statue is 6 m.
Behind the terrace is cross platform (30 m by 30 m), or rather what is left of the temple of TEP Pranam. The reason for this was the short-lived materials of which the temple was built – Sandstone and wood.
If you walk from the TEP Pranam a little to the West, you can see the remains of the pool and another standing Buddha statue, with a height of 4 m.