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Thommanon Temple (built mid 12th-century)

Thommanon is a small temple built at the end of Suryavarman II's reign, around the middle of the 12th century. It is nearly symmetrical to Chau Say Tevoda, another of Suryavarman's temples that stands nearby. Although the placement of Thommanon and Chau Say Tevoda neatly frame the east causeway to the Angkor Thom complex, this was probably not the original intention, since in Suryavarman's time the center of the capital was closer to Angkor Wat. Thommanon is architecturally more advanced than its predecessors. The designers took advantage of the natural qualities of sandstone, rather than simply carving it in imitation of wood.

Plan of Thommanon

Drawn by Timothy M Ciccone following Claude Jacques and Michael Freeman.


The approximate location of Thommanon is 13.447145' N, 103.877598' E (WGS 84 map datum).


All images copyright 2014 by Timothy M Ciccone

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