Angkor Temples, Gods and Stories

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68 Temple Thumbnails

All Temples in their Original Context

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  • Apsaras, Devatas and Nagas

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Angkorguide Gallery of Photographs

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Ta Keo
Ta Keo

Colours of Ta Keo

At the Ta Keo pyramid, we see six layers in different colours.

  1. The base is from laterite.

Above are five layers of sandstone, in different colours:

  1. The first tier, framed by a wall.
  2. The second tear.
  3. The Gallery of the second tier.
  4. The steep tears three, four and five.
  5. The unfinished towers.

The construction of the unfinished pyramid was a long story, from c. 970 to c. 1010.

About Me


I am Reinhart, from Germany. In the last decades of the last century, I used to teach German, Geography and History. I was well read and travelled a lot, mainly in Asia. In 2000, I was retired and travelled to South- and Southeast Asia. I visited the temples of Angkor and eventually got stuck in Siem Reap, where I am living.

Like the ox in front of the new barn door

In 2001, I had to teach German speaking tour guides. But I could not explain the temples, even though I knew them (as I believed) and there were texts. Something was missing.


Real understanding started only when I viewed the temples in their historical context and their original function.

I have seen and been around a lot. Besides Angkor, I saw most of the essential temples abroad, from Banteay Chhmar in the west to Preah Ko (Prasat Boran) near Stoeng Treng on the Mekong, and from Preah Vihear in the north to Phnom Bayang in the south.

I have taken photographs, read books, and I have got the whole thing in a context.

I am not a tour guide but a searcher for traces of Ancient Angkor, and a story-teller.