Ta Som

Constructed at the end of the 12th century, Ta Som is a stunning but small temple commissioned by King Jayavarman VII. It is one of the temples located on the Big Circuit that winds through Angkor Archeological Park, making it a popular stop for visitors. Ta Som is often considered to be a miniature version of the temple Ta Prohm, and there are certainly some similarities. Both temples were designed in the Bayon style, both are Buddhist rather than Hindu temples, and both have a cruciform interior.

Stone face at Ta Som temple

Ta Som also boasts a flat enclosure, an external wall that encloses the temple complex and numerous tower gopuras that add interest and complexity to the temple. Ta Som is also notable because many of its 12th century carvings are still in great condition, and the feminine deities depicted in the carvings have unique designs that you won’t find anywhere else in Angkor.

Ta Som entry

Many people stop by Ta Som to take photos, and the light is generally considered to be best there in the morning. Look for the tree growing right out of the eastern gopura. Although the tree is slowly damaging the temple, it is a stunning sight to behold and is one of the most photographed things in the entire park.