Roluos – Cambodia

Roluos, Cambodia

The road to Roluos, Cambodia

Roluos is a Cambodian modern small town and an archeological site about 13 kilometres east of Siem Reap. Once it was the seat of Hariharalaya, first capital of Khmer Empire north of Tonlé Sap (as the first capital in the strict sense of the term could have been Indrapura, identifiable with Banteay Prey Nokor. Among the Rolous group of temples there are some of the earliest permanent structures built by Khmer. They mark the beginning of classical period of Khmer civilization, dating from the late 9th century. Some were totally built with bricks, others partially with laterite or sandstone (the first large Angkorian temple built with sandstone was possibly Ta Keo). At present it is composed by three major temples: Bakong, Lolei and Preah Ko, and tiny Prasat Prei Monti. At both Bakong and Lolei there are contemporary Theravada Buddhist monasteries.

Photograph taken with Nikon D100 & 12-24mm lens at 24mm on 28th January 2005

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