Prasat Prei Khmeng (Boeng Khnar)

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Prasat Prei Khmeng (Boeng Khnar)
Native Nameប្រាសាទព្រៃក្មេង
Alternative namePrasat Prei Khmeng
K InscriptionK.774
Inscr. LocationUnknown
Part ofPurandarapura, Yasodharapura II, Yasodharapura III, Angkor
VillageBoeng Khnar
ProvinceSiem Reap
Coordinates13.42827, 103.75727
Founded7th Century
BuilderJayavarman I
Art StylePrei Khmeng
MaterialBrick, Laterite, Sandstone
Year/s Restored2018-20 (?)
UNESCO Inscription1992

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Site Size & Condition: Medium Ruin Prasat Prei Khmeng (ប្រាសាទព្រៃក្មេង - Pronounced: Pra-saht Pray K'meng)

Although in a highly ruinous state, the small sanctuary of Prei Khmeng is an historically significant site and indeed lends its name to an entire category of pre-Angkorian art. Today, Prei Khmeng style corresponds to the late 7th to early 8th century Chenla period and the reign of Jayavarman I. The shrine is therefore certainly one of the oldest known temple sites in Siem Reap Province and, along with nearby sites such as Prasat Ak Yum, probably formed part of Jayavarman I's city of Purandarapura, constructed when he established himself in the area after arriving from the Sambor Prei Kuk region to the east.

The site, lying in Boeng Khnar Village, just to the west of the West Baray, has been recently cleared to reveal the vestiges of a single brick tower on a raised platform with an eastern entrance and surrounding moat. Scattered brick and laterite fragments hint at the likelihood of additional - now disappeared - towers, while a number of sandstone blocks represent doorjambs and steps. At least one pedestal, a large decorative soma sutra and a section of rounded colonette are also visible.

Access to the site is not clear so it is best to ask in the village.

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