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BAKSEI CHAMKRONG

  Date: Beginning of the 10th century
  Reign: Harshavarman I
  Style: Bakheng
  Religion: Hindu
  Opening hours: 7:30 am to 5:30 pm
  Tour: 30 minutes

Baksei Chamkrong is a small Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva and that used to hold a golden image of him. It was dedicated to the memory of the late King Yasovarman by his son, King Harshavarman I. The temple was restored by Rajendravarman II (944-968). It is one of the first temples constructed of durable material such as bricks and laterite and with decoration in sandstone. Much of the stucco on the surface of the temple has vanished. The main sandstone lintel is decorated with a fine carving of God Indra standing on his three-headed elephant Airavata. There is an inscription on either side of the small doorway. It gives, which is rare, the date and hour of dedication: at 9.40 in the morning on Wednesday 23 February 948.

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