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Bat Chum Temple

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Date: Mid 10th century CE (952)
Style: Pre Rup
King: Rajendravarman II (reign 944 – 968 CE)
Cult: Mahayana Buddhist

 

Bat Chum Temple (Khmer: ប្រាសាទបាទជុំ) is a small temple consisting of three sanctuaries dedicated to Buddha, Vajrapani and Prajnaparamita.

These three inline brick towers (in poor conditions at present with restoration in progress), stand on the same platform, surrounded by an enclosure and a moat, with a single gopura to the east.

Bat Chum Temple was founded by the architect and guru Kavindrarimathana, who also supervised the construction of the East Mebon Temple on behalf of Rajendravarman II.  He also built Srah Srang and probably began Pre Rup Temple.  Kavindrarimathana is the only Angkor architect whos name is known to us.

There were houses and a Buddhist monastery near the temple, but these wooden structures have been gone for a long time.

Inscriptions in each tower mention elephants as "dyke breakers", and warns that elephant owners should not allow their animals to wander around the barays.

 

Map of Bat Chum Temple


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