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Here’s a couple of precisions regarding our recent post on Angkor’s Kutisvara Temple due to some interesting feedback received since. Firstly, whilst several prominent archeologists, such as Coedes and Jacques have ascribed the central tower, pictured above, to the Jayarvarman II/Preah Ko style, according to the E.F.E.O. (École Française d’Extrême-Orient) there is no conclusive evidence for that and a late…

As with Ak Yum (see earlier post), Kutisvara temple is another of those minor Angkor temples who’s historical importance is equalled by it’s lack of tourist cachet! The 3 unspectacular and ruined brick towers are never going to get 5* in any temple guide but it is considered by many historians to be the oldest temple in the entire central…

The slightly underwhelming ruins of Kapilapura at Angkor -probably the least visited, least known of any temple that actually appears on most maps of the Angkor Temples. Just look slightly above and to the right, (N.E.), of Angkor Wat on any standard map and you’ll see a small spot marked Kapilapura. What’s interesting about it though, apart from being able…

Rajendravarman II c. 944 to 968 Even King Rajendravarman’s title itself is still a matter of debate, with historians opting for either Rajendravarman I or Rajendravarman II depending on their acceptance, or otherwise, of a Rajendravarman the 1st from Sambapura, purported to have been ruling in the Angkor area during the latter half of the 8th c. Since this does…