Prasat Khleang Khang Cheung

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Prasat Khleang Khang Cheung
Native Nameប្រាសាទឃ្លាំងខាងជើង
Alternative namePreah Khleang, Khlean Cheung, Khleang North, Prasat Khleang Cheung
K InscriptionK.468, K.542
Inscr. LocationIn situ
Part ofYasodharapura III, Angkor Thom, Angkor
CommuneNokor Thom
DistrictSiem Reap Municipality
ProvinceSiem Reap
Coordinates13.44720, 103.86088
FoundedEarly 11th Century
Art StyleKhleang
DeityVishnu, Shiva
UNESCO Inscription1992

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Site Size & Condition: Small Prasat Prasat Khleang Khang Cheung (ប្រាសាទឃ្លាំងខាងជើង)

One of the few constructions that can be confidently ascribed to the short reign of King Jayaviravarman as an inscription citing his name can be seen on the doorjamb of the southeastern door. (Unusually the inscription also features a map.) The Prasat Khleang Khang Thbong was added later so, originally at least, they were not built as a pair. The elongated, rectangular building - aligned north-south - is situated on the east side of the Angkor Thom central plaza, just behind 2 of the north group of Prasat Suor Prat towers.

While the name translates roughly as storehouse or warehouse the original purpose of the construction is unknown. Several sites from this period possess similar buildings (e.g. Prasat Chau Srei Vibol, Prasat Phanom Rung or Wat Phu) and it is conceivable that a structure to house ceremonial items (incense, candles, holy water etc) as well as allowing priests and dignitaries to prepare, would have been a useful feature of larger temples? (Possibly then serving a similar purpose as a vestry in Christian churches?)

The northern of the 2 Khleangs is in good repair and displays the best pediment and lintel carvings although overall decoration is un-elaborate.

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