Ta Som

Ta Som, with its historical significance and natural beauty, is a must-visit for those exploring Cambodia’s Angkor region. It offers a peaceful retreat from the more crowded sites, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the mystique of ancient Khmer civilization.

Ta Som

Discover the Hidden Gem of Cambodia: Ta Som

Introduction to Ta Som

Ta Som is a small yet fascinating temple located in the Angkor Archaeological Park, Cambodia. Built in the late 12th century by King Jayavarman VII, it stands as a testament to the Khmer Empire’s grandeur. Unlike the more famous Angkor Wat and Bayon, this temple offers a quieter, more intimate glimpse into ancient Cambodia.

Historical Significance

This temple was dedicated to the king’s father, Dharanindravarman II. It is part of Jayavarman VII’s extensive building program, which also included hospitals, rest houses, and other temples. Ta Som’s unique feature is its eastern gopura (gateway) with the face of Avalokiteshvara. It symbolizes the king’s deep Buddhist faith.

Exploring Ta Som

a Som’s compact size allows for a detailed exploration of its intricate carvings and architecture. The central sanctuary, surrounded by enclosures and moats, showcases classic Khmer artistry.

After passing through the tower gate, there is an inner wall and the west gate. Beyond the gate, you can see a small shrine. As you can see, the building is not in a very good state of preservation.

However, you can see that there are many devata (goddess) reliefs.

One of the most distinctive features of Ta Som is the large tree growing out of the central tower. It adds to the temple’s unique beauty. The temple is surrounded by a moat and is accessible by a causeway. The temple is considered to be a well-preserved example of Angkor-style architecture. So it is a popular destination for tourists visiting the Angkor region.

Ta Som

Events and Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit this place is between November and February when the weather is cooler and dry. The temple is also a quiet spot to witness the Angkor Archaeological Park’s seasonal changes.

Access and Tips for Visitors

Ta Som is part of the larger temple complex of Angkor Wat. Tourists often visit there in conjunction with other temples in the area.

Ta Som is accessible by tuk-tuk or bike from Siem Reap, the gateway to Angkor’s temples. Visiting early in the morning or late in the afternoon is good to avoid the crowds. It is also the best time to experience the temple’s tranquil beauty in softer light.


You can visit Ta Som temple if you choose a tour that includes the grand circuit. Here is the full list.



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