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North Khleang is an ancient ruin located just behind the twelve towers of Prasat Suor Prat, and separated by the royal route that leads from the Royal Palace to the Victory Gate. It is almost a mirror image of the South Khleang, another ancient ruin in Angkor Thom

North Khleang is the older of the two Khleangs. It is also wider, but from my observation, in a more advance state of dilapidation. Within the North Khleang are inscriptions mentioning Jayaviravarman, the king who built it.

Ruins of North Khleang.

The style of construction of North and South Khleang would later come to be known as the Khleang style, and could also be seen applied to Ta Keo and Phimeanakas.

I explored the two Khleangs one dry afternoon in February. It was the beginning of the dry season, and the ruins were carpeted with falling leaves, giving the place an impression of autumn. The park was meticulously well kept, with the grass cut and the leaves swept. I came away impressed.

Construction Details

Built in the late 10th Century to earth 11th Century
by King Jayaviravarman

How to reach the Khleangs

The North and South Khleangs are located on the east side of the Royal Square of Angkor Thom, behind the towers of Prasat Suor Prat. The best way to explore them is on foot. Get your tuk tuk driver to take you to the food stalls near the Bayon temple, and wait for you there, so that you can explore all the main sights within Angkor Thom at your own pace.

Front of North Khleang.

Inside North Khleang.