Prasat Ta Phai

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Prasat Ta Phai
Native Nameប្រាសាទតាផៃ
Alternative namePrasat Chinh Chem Trei, Prasat Prei Tal, Ta Meas, Chenchim, Sanctuary 3, Tuol Prasat Ta Phai
Part ofPrasat Banteay Chhmar
VillageAng Cheung Kruos
CommuneBanteay Chhmar
DistrictThma Puok
ProvinceBanteay Meanchey
Coordinates14.08099, 103.09941
Founded13th Century
BuilderIndravarman II (?)
Art Stylebayon
MaterialLaterite, Sandstone
UNESCO Proposed2020
UNESCO Tentative2020

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Site Size & Condition: Medium Ruin Prasat Ta Phai (ប្រាសាទតាផៃ - Pronounced: Pra-saht Ta Pai) is to Prasat Yeay Kom as Prasat Samnang Ta Sok is to Prasat Ta Naem, so a second satellite temple on the northern axis, situated approximately 1km north of Banteay Chhmar's north entrance. It also corresponds to what is very much a default design in these parts with a double laterite enclosure and moat, 4 gopuras, 'library' and a central cruciform tower with faces. The site faces east and has a slightly north of east-west alignment, similar to both Banteay Chhmar itself and most secondary shrines.

2 carved faces are remarkably pretty much all that remains (precariously) standing of the central tower creating a rather stark but spectacular image.

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