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Khleangs(North Khleang and South Khleang)

The Khleangs are two buildings of unknown purpose on the east side of Royal Square in Angkor Thom, Cambodia, located just behind the twelve towers of Prasat Suor Prat and separated by the royal route leading from the Royal Palace of Angkor Thom to the Victory Gate. They are oriented along the north-south axis. The two were not built at one time - the northern building (North Khleang) was built under King Jayaviravarman and south (Khleang of the South) under its successor Suryavarman I [1]: 371 - but they are of similar design (though South Khleang is slightly narrower). They gave their name to the Khleang style, which is characterized by relatively simple lintels with a central kala. Other buildings of the style are Phimeanakas and Ta Keo.

The Khleangs are two buildings of unknown purpose on the east side of Royal Square in Angkor Thom, Cambodia, located just behind the twelve towers of Prasat Suor Prat and separated by the royal route leading from the Royal Palace of Angkor Thom to the Victory Gate. They are oriented along the north-south axis. The two were not built at one time - the northern building (North Khleang) was built under King Jayaviravarman and south (Khleang of the South) under its successor Suryavarman I [1]: 371 - but they are of similar design (though South Khleang is slightly narrower). They gave their name to the Khleang style, which is characterized by relatively simple lintels with a central kala. Other buildings of the style are Phimeanakas and Ta Keo.

Rectangular sandstone buildings opposite the elephant terrace, behind Prasat Suor Prat. "Khleang" means "storage," but this is unlikely to be the function of structures, a royal oath of allegiance is carved at the entrance of a Khleang, indicating that they may have served as reception areas or even housing to visit nobles and ambassadors The North Khleang was built in wood under Rajendravarman II and then rebuilt in stone by Jayavaraman V, probably before the construction of the Khleang of the South. The Khleangs are not worth noting by a close but picturesque inspection, away from the Prasat Suor Prat. Best photographed in the afternoon.

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