The LoLei temples of the 9th century.
Roulous group, Siem Reap, Cambodia
The LoLei temples of the 9th century. Siem Reap Reviews
The fore runner to the Khmer Architecture, Mar 24, 2013
The temples or towers of Lo Lei are said to be one of the later structures built during the end of the 8th and beginning of the 9th century.Accessible by road,Tuk Tuks, cars and buses carrying loads of tourists make this spot a must see in the group of places that forms part of their itinerary.
The brick,red sandstone and granite towers stand on an elevated terrace.The land in itself is surrounded by water making it an island.This feature is said to be the forerunner to later greater structures built by the later kings during their days of glory.
There are 5 towers said to have been dedicated by the king one for himself and the others in honour of his and his queens grand parents. The carvings of devatas,dwaraka balas,God Indra on an elephant, seven headed snakes have been some what restored and preserved by the Archeology department. There are inscriptions carved and plastered on the tower walls telling us may be the story of their time.The letters in those tablets where very Indian and more like the Tamil,Telugu and Sanskrit script used in India.
The outer walls have crumbled but the structures still speak of the glorious times by gone.
As you come out of these places you may be accosted by children and people selling scarfs,bags and fruits which may annoy some but them I say these people had a glorious heritage but unfortunately their lives have been shattered by civil war and so even if you are not buying anything from them just share a few moments, talk and enjoy a few smiles for these children deserve much more...
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