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South Khleang is an ancient ruin located south of the royal road and just behind the twelve towers of Prasat Suor Prat. On the opposite side of the royal road is another ruin given the modern name of North Khleang.

South Khleang is slightly more recent than North Khleang. It was built during the reign of Suryavarman I, but was not fully completed. It was likely added to mirror the already existing North Khleang. However, it is not fully identical, being slightly narrower than the North Khleang, and displaying a poorer level of workmanship and finish.

The style of construction of North and South Khleang would later come to be known as the Khleang style, and could also be seen applied to Ta Keo and Phimeanakas.

Ruins of South Khleang.

I explored the two Khleangs one dry afternoon in February. It was the beginning of the dry season, and the ruins were carpeted with falling leaves, giving the place an impression of autumn. The park was meticulously well kept, with the grass cut and the leaves swept. I came away impressed.

Construction Details

How to reach the Khleangs

The North and South Khleangs are located on the east side of the Royal Square of Angkor Thom, behind the towers of Prasat Suor Prat. The best way to explore them is on foot. Get your tuk tuk driver to take you to the food stalls near the Bayon temple, and wait for you there, so that you can explore all the main sights within Angkor Thom at your own pace.

South Khleang another view.

South Khleang west view.

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