The Khleang Temples are the two buildings located just behind Prasat Suor Prat. One is in the South, the other in the North.
If you look at them from the terraces, you’ll notice that they were built to be symmetrical to one other.
Reign : Jayavarman 5th
Period : 968 – 1001
Religion : Hindu
1. It’s a very simple design
2. Rarely visited by visitors
Each Khleang seems to have 6 towers and a pond, and to build upon that symmetry, there’s a road leading to Victory Gate cutting through the middle.
Nobody is really sure what these buildings were used for, but Khleang means “The Warehouse Temples” or the “Temples of the Royal Treasure.” So it was probably used a storage place for some valuable things.
But some researchers called these names inappropriate, and suggested instead that these buildings were used as reception halls of some sort, as a place to receive foreign emissaries or host other diplomatic functions.
These two buildings were built at different times. The North Khleang was built earlier by Jayavarman 5th, and the South Khleang was built by Suryavarman 1st.
These two buildings are just that, buildings. They are not temples, but each is just like a small, one story rectangular building with large windows along the walls.
The small porches on the front and back sides makes the buildings look somewhat cruciform in shape, but just barely.
Although there aren’t any carvings here other than the lintels on the entrance, do visit the place. They have a different building style than the others and their uniqueness adds to the visit.
One of the Suor Prat towers seen from
inside of this Warehouse Temple
Where would you like to go next?
Return from The Khleangs to Angkor Thom temples for a list of other sites that you can easily visit.