Prasat Yeay Chou

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Prasat Yeay Chou
Native Nameប្រាសាទយាយជូ
Part ofPrasat Banteay Chhmar
VillageBanteay Chhmar
CommuneBanteay Chhmar
DistrictThma Puok
ProvinceBanteay Meanchey
Coordinates14.06709, 103.10721
Founded12th Century
BuilderDharanindravarman II, Jayavarman VII (?)
Art StyleBayon
MaterialLaterite, Sandstone
UNESCO Proposed2020
UNESCO Tentative2020

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Site Size & Condition: Medium Ruin Prasat Yeay Chou (ប្រាសាទយាយជូ - Pronounced: Pra-saht Yee-ay J'oo)

This ruined, mainly laterite temple, is curiously situated east of the southeast corner of the Banteay Chhmar moat. Furthermore, the site's form and layout break the mold of the other 7 satellite shrines as well. Firstly, with a double enclosure and double moat, (the outer enclosure is 140 by 120 metres), the temple is larger than its neighbours, while its central tower lacks the famous faces and is constructed from laterite instead of sandstone. The temple also has, what is in these parts, a rare east-west orientation. The site, therefore, fits neither with the axial temples nor Banteay Chhmar itself and we're tempted to suggest it dates from an earlier period.

Unfortunately, the interesting site is in very poor condition and rather overgrown. Worth investigating further.

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