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Picturesque from a distance with grand trees that stand proud against a jungle background.
Believed to have been built in the late 10th or beginning of 11th century, their true purpose is unknown….like so many of the temples, their history is shrouded in speculation and intrigue.
The Kleangs are two separate buildings. They are named North and South Kleang, which are located some distance apart.
The word Kleang means “storeroom” but being in such an auspicious surroundings, people have speculated that this was unlikely their true function being located in Angkor Thom Archaeology Park.
Set among a shaded canopy of trees, North Kleang contains the best-preserved carvings. It appears that the workmanship of the architecture and decoration is more carefully executed than that of the South Kleang.
A clue to their purpose is a royal oath of allegiance, which is carved into the doorway of North Kleang and shows that it was part of the royal complex.
You are likely to have the place to yourself, so it is a great opportunity to take some time out to meditate in these peaceful surroundings.
South Kleang was believed never to have been completed and can be hard to locate among the jungle setting. If it is something that you are passionate about seeing, you may have to do some asking around.
If you like orienteering or finding your way around, South Kleang is an ideal place to figure your way around.
TIP: Obtain a detailed map for the area.
Take a compass to find your direction.
Include bug spray and plenty of water if you are going on foot.