Prasat Chorm

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Prasat Chorm
Native Nameប្រាសាទជម
Alternative namePreah Pithu U, Prasat Preah Pithu U
Part ofPreah Pithu Group, Angkor Thom, Yasodharapura III, Angkor
CommuneNokor Thom
DistrictSiem Reap Municipality
ProvinceSiem Reap
Coordinates13.44835, 103.86111
Founded12th Century (?)
BuilderSuryavarman II
Art StyleAngkor Wat
DeityVishnu, Shiva
UNESCO Inscription1992

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Site Size & Condition: Small Prasat Prasat Chorm (ប្រាសាទជម - Pronounced: Pra-saht Johm)

Also known as Preah Pithu U, appears to date to its immediate neighbour in the Preah Pithu Group, Temple T or Prasat Kor Sok. Indeed, although a separate tower, it shares a moat and entrance causeway with that temple (there is no eastern causeway) and in some ways is part of a single monument.

The layout is a smaller version of Temple T too with a sandstone tower set on a high base and a narrow surrounding wall with 4 entrances. The smaller of the 2 sites does however reveal some interesting reliefs including a dancing Shiva and a highly unusual representation of the Churning of the Sea of Milk above the north door. As with Kor Sok, and all the Preah Pithu group, dating is problematic. Traditional Hindu iconography holds that the churning scene should always be represented in a north-south alignment with the asuras to the south so in this case, it's wrong on 2 counts. It does seem rather inconceivable that such basic errors would have been made in a temple located in the heart of the capital, opposite the Angkor Thom Royal Palace.

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