Sites & cities that bear the name of Prasat Ta Muen Thom

Prasat Ta Muen Thom

Today in : Thailand
First trace of activity : ca. 11th century C.E
Last trace of activity : ca. 12th century C.E
Recorded names : ប្រាសាទតាមាន់ធំ, Prasat Ta Moan Thom, ปราสาทตาเมือนธม, Prasat Ta Muean Thom

Description : Prasat Ta Muen Thom or Prasat Ta Moan Thom (Khmer: ប្រាសាទតាមាន់ធំ; Thai: ปราสาทตาเมือนธม, RTGS: Prasat Ta Muean Thom, pronounced ) is a Khmer temple located in Oddar Meanchey province, Cambodia the border of Surin Province, Thailand. Its Khmer name translates literally to "Great Temple of Grandfather Chicken". It lies not far from two related temples in a densely forested area where access is difficult on one of the passes through the Dangrek Mountains. Prasat Ta Muen Toch ("Minor Temple of Grandfather Chicken"), the hospital chapel, lies two and half kilometers to the northwest and just 300 meters beyond that is the rest house chapel, Prasat Ta Muen ("Temple of Grandfather Chicken"). During the 1980s-90s, when the Khmer Rouge controlled the area, the temples in the region were looted by the Khmer Rouge to finance their guerrilla campaign. Many architectural pieces and original sculptures were stolen, sometimes detached using dynamite, and smuggled out of Cambodia or sold on the black market. These three temples, all within a few hundred meters of each other, formed a complex which was an important stop on a major route of the Khmer Empire, the Ancient Khmer Highway from its capital at Angkor to its major administrative center in the northwest, Phimai (now in Thailand).

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