The beauty and success of Thommanon Temple is believed to be a major source of inspiration for the architects of Angkor Wat.
This can be seen in the style of the towers and carved Devatas – that are female spirits and the modern name Thommanon is derived from Dhamma which means “supreme wisdom”.
Thommanon Temple was believed to have been built at the same time as Angkor Wat in the 12th century, however, there has been a debate about this date – some believe that it was constructed nearly 200 years earlier than the iconic monument.
The structure is more advanced than its predecessors and they took advantage of the natural qualities of the sandstone that was mined.
In some of the older temples, despite erosion, you can see the blocks are so close together- it would be impossible to slide a piece of paper in between the seams.
This is reminiscent of the construction of both The Pyramids and Machu Picchu in Peru, which were crafted with such precise workmanship.
Thommanon Temple is one of the best-preserved sites in Angkor Thom Archaeology Park and many carvings are in excellent condition.
Heavy restoration was done in the 1960’s, restoring this beautiful example of Khmer architecture, back to its former glory with repair of some extremely fine artwork and hieroglyph within its walls.
Some of the doors to Thommanon Temple are topped with ornate lintels that bear images of Vishnu and Shiva, the two gods to whom the temple is dedicated. This temple has a unique sense about it – and the aged sandstone provides a beautiful contrast against the lush surrounding jungle.
TIP: Thommanon is across the road from Chau Say Trevoda Temple and just 500 meters east of Victory Gate.
In the late afternoon, the temple’s main tower gives off hues of rich colors and is a lovely place to take some stunning photos against the unspoiled forest setting making for some stunning photography.
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