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Chau Say Trevoda

A beautiful temple that has delicate carvings of adorned Goddesses sculpted into the brick work.

We can only imagine the grand ceremonies that would have once taken place here as you walk toward the ancient temple. With traces of a moat that has long ago dried up – not much is know about Chau Say Trevoda because most of its history has been lost.

The area comprises a cluster of lovely adorned structures with beautiful entranced archways, where you will see ornate carvings etched on ancient stone. Construction on Chau Say Trevoda was said to have been started in the 11th century, then completed in the mid-12th century.

Chau Say Trevoda has a history of initially being a Hindu temple. It then a change of religion came when the Khmer empire converted to Buddhist and this decision was influenced by the Queen.

According to ancient writings found in the Temple of Preah Khan, by the 13th century – the whole country had converted to Buddhism and remains that way to this day.

A greatest number of sacred female images called Apsaras are present on the walls and believed to be filling the shrine with the softness of female energy.

Celestial goddesses dancing on lotus flowers and stand gracefully in niches – wearing their hair in an elaborate style and are draped in fine jewelry. They are the female spirits of the clouds and waters with the English translation of the Apsara meaning “celestial nymph” with woman certainly recognized…if not revered for their feminine energy.

Extensive restoration work was carried out on Chau Say Trevoda by a Chinese team from between 2000 – 2009 and since then the temple has been re-opened to the public.

TIP: Chau Say Trevoda is certainly worth a visit and has made it to our 10 Best Temples In Siem Reap. It is across the road is Thommanon Temple and both are considered “The Twin Temples” of Angkor Thom Archaeology Park.

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