Chau Say Tevoda

Just opposite from the temple of Thommanon is Chau Say Tevoda. For centuries, historians believed that the two temples were constructed at the same time and meant to form a twin pair. In reality, Chau Say Tevoda was constructed decades after Thommanon. However, there is a clear connection between the two, and it would be impossible not to notice their similarities. It has been renovated by the Chinese to bring it up to the condition of its twin temple.

Chau Say Tevoda

One marked difference between the two temples is that Chau Say Tevoda still boasts its original library, which is long gone at Thommanon. Like Thommanon, Chau Say Tevoda has many carved figures on its walls. You’ll see many Devatas, which are divine feminine figures. Many of these devatas are depicted wearing crowns made from flowers, wearing the traditional Cambodian skirt called the sampot or wearing lots of traditional jewelry around their necks and arms. Also notable at Chau Say Tevado is that while most of the imagery is clearly Hindu, there are also a few Buddhist carvings found throughout the temple.

After you’re finishing touring both Thommanon and Chau Say Tevado, make sure you leave via the eastern walkway. Although not the most popular walkway, and lacking in signage, this path will take you to the Siem Reap River, a spot that often offers solitude as well as a fantastic vantage spot for landscape photography.