Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The Temple at the Heart of a Dying Forest

By Pierre-Yves Clais
The Cambodia Daily, Nov. 18, 2013

Among all the beauties contained in Ratanakkiri province, there lies a very special one, which is not a lake, nor a waterfall, nor rapids running beneath the shady trees; this beauty was shaped a long time ago by the hand of man, but the forest had been its shield.

Remote, difficult to reach, and forgotten for hundreds of years, Prasat Ta Nang seems different from any other temple you can contemplate in Cambodia. The Jarai villagers living in this part of the province say the temple was built by the Cham, their cousins, who took that route a very long time ago on the occasion of one of their war expeditions against the ancient city of Angkor.

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