Things to do in Siem Reap Province

Ta Som, Siem Reap Province

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LuizDutraNeto
Rio de Janeiro, RJ8,613 contributions
Jan. 2020
Not far from "Neak Pean", stands the small "jungle temple" of "Ta Som"! It was also built, in the 12th century, by the famous "builder king" of the Khmer empire, King Jayavarman VII and follows the well-known "Bayon" architectural style. "Ta Som" is a single tower monument, surrounded by three enclosing walls adorned with beautiful carved "Apsaras", the "celestial dancers" that are also another symbol of Cambodia. "Ta Som" has never been restored and an old fig tree can still be seen around one of its entrances. As it is far from the "Grand Circuit", it is not very much visited, allowing lovely moments of peace and enlightenment. Enjoy!
Written 23 October 2020
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amanda5805
Duncan, Canada3,896 contributions
Dec. 2019
We hired a guide months before actually arriving in Siem Reap and WOW did it pay off. Plus it was a great price for just the 2 of us to be gone 10+ hours. We were doing 2 circuits in one day.

We arrived early afternoon and there were very little people there. I am assuming because it is one of the farther temples. Ta Som is small and very similar to Ta Prohm. A lot of the jungle and tree root have grown threw on over the sight. But non the less it is incredible in its own way.

There is very little history on this temple. It was built at the end of the 12th century by King Jayavarman VII. Some suspect it was for Jayavarman VII’s father, others believe it was dedicated to one of his teachers.

We spent about an hour here. We could have used a little bit more time.
Written 20 May 2020
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chuckymustdie
623 contributions
Mar. 2020
We were here at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic where China was in lock-down but most other countries weren’t. Crowds were way down at most temples we went to but Ta Som still managed to be busy which speaks volumes for its increased popularity. It’s a small temple complex but very interesting with many great photo opportunities. The reliefs are in very good condition, the grounds are attractive, and the strangler fig overtaking the outer east entrance is one of the iconic Angkor sights that you shouldn’t miss.
Written 16 April 2020
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Alex H
Port St. Mary, UK854 contributions
Mar. 2020 • Couples
We did the 2 day tour using the 1 day pass as this was the offer at the time. On day 1 we did some of the smaller temples including Ta Som and it was very architecturally pleasing and great to see. There is a jungle feel to this one with trees growing in and around the temple. There were much less tourists than Angkor Wat which meant we could walk around freely for ourselves and take any pictures we wanted without any trouble. A great little temple to slot into your itinerary.
Written 8 March 2020
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jimles7
Princeton, KY588 contributions
Feb. 2020
Like Ta Prohm, there is a tree growing through part of the structure which provides excellent photo opportunities.It’s the furthest temple on the grand circuit before you start to head back to town. Small crowds and great photo op.
Written 4 March 2020
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Steve B
London, UK5,013 contributions
Feb. 2020
Together with 24 other Anglo-Thai Society members, my wife and myself visited Ta Som Temple yesterday morning.

Whilst one of the smaller Temples in this impressive complex, it has something for everyone - including a huge tree which is in the process of destroying one of entrances. Certainly well worth visiting as it can be viewed relatively quickly - particularly, at present in the absence of any Chinese visitors.
Written 18 February 2020
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China141,866 contributions
Jan. 2020
Ta Som is one of the temples constructed near the end of the 12th-century during the reign of Jayavarman VII. It is situated just to the east of the massive reservoir called Jayatakata baray. A visit here can be conveniently arranged after seeing the island temple of Neak Pean just to the west of here.

At Ta Som, you'll be able to wander through the temple ruins seeing bas-reliefs, apsara dancer carvings, reconstructed pediments and free standing towers with the Bayon style smiling stone faces. However, most interesting is the particularly impressive strangler fir tree that has taken over the east outer entrance to the main temple. This is a beautiful and very photogenic spot. Just be prepared to be patient as many tourists will be found trying to have their picture taken here.

Note - This is one of the smaller temples that can be comfortably visited in just 20-30 minutes before moving on.
Written 4 February 2020
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guptaashok_0511
Noida, India482 contributions
Dec. 2019
Example of beautiful temple. It's a small temple. Can be visited if time permits, still can be enjoyed.
Written 17 January 2020
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Patrick D
Warsaw, Poland5,237 contributions
Jan. 2019
Ta Som is one of the smaller temple sites in the Angkor Archeological Park, but it is definitely worth a look. Bas-reliefs are well preserved. It's a Khmer temple located at the eastern end of the Baray North in Angkor, was built in the late twelfth century under the reign of the powerful Buddhist king Jayavarman VII. Little is known about the history and purpose of Ta Som
Avalokiteshvara (Bodhisattva of Compassion); With its tower structure wrapped by a wide Ficus tree, it is easy to understand how can be difficult to separate from the Ankor Archaeological Park. You are not going to be able to see it, but you will not be able to see it, but the best light for photography will be in the early morning or late, without being jostled by crowds. The impressive strangler fig embracing the eastern gate is very similar to the tree-covered temple of Ta Prohm made famous in "Tomb Raider . To visit if you have time
Written 11 December 2019
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Alan L
Toronto, Canada254 contributions
Nov. 2019 • Couples
The temple is small yet beautiful. After seeing so many temples in the past two days, we were starting to get tired of large scale temples. This was a nice break away from the rest.

Would recommend this to anyone.
Written 5 December 2019
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