Amazing Lolei History You Need To Know Now

Lolei temple


ប្រាសាទនេះត្រូវបានសាងសង់ឡើងក្នុងឆ្នាំ 893 ក្រោមព្រះបាទយសោវរ្ម័នទី 1 (ជាអ្នកគ្រប់គ្រង 889-915) ដែលជាកូនប្រុសរបស់ព្រះបាទឥន្ទ្រវរ្ម័នទី 1 ដែលបានកសាងប្រាសាទព្រះគោនិងប្រាសាទបាគង

  • the temple was built after Yasovarman had relocated the capital to Angkor.





The temple is dedicated to the god Shiva, Hindu



  • The temple is about 8 miles (13 km) east of Siem Reap

ប្រាសាទនេះមានចម្ងាយប្រហែល 13 គីឡូម៉ែត្រខាងកើតនៃខេត្តសៀមរាប

  • It can be reached by turning left a little after the intersection for Bakong and afterward continuing for around 1968 ft (600 m).

ប្រាសាទនេះអាចទៅដល់ដោយបត់ឆ្វេងបន្តិចបន្ទាប់ពីចំនុចប្រសព្វប្រាសាទបាគងហើយក្រោយមកបន្ដរហូតដល់ប្រហែល 1968 ម៉ែត្រ (600 ម៉ែត្រ) 


It is estimated between 15 – 30 minutes

រយៈពេលទស្សនកិច្ចប្រាសាទប្រហែល 15 – 30 នាទី


The original entrance might have been from the north, but now the starting point is east entrance.




the ending point is also east entrance, because visitors are dropped off along the road on the temple’s east side.



  • Yasovarman I built the temple in memory of his father, Indravarman I

ព្រះបាទយសោវរ្ម័ន1 បានកសាងប្រាសាទនេះក្នុងការចងចាំឪពុករបស់គាត់ព្រះបាទឥន្ទ្រវរ្ម័នទី 1

  • The temple is small with one collapsed sanctuary tower. When visitors visit there, they feel refreshed

ប្រាសាទនេះមានទំហំតូចមួយដែលមានប៉មប្រាសាទមួយដែលបាក់រលំ។ នៅពេលអ្នកទស្សនាមកលេងនៅទីនោះពួកគេមានអារម្មណ៍រំភើប

  • there are number of good lintels in the style of Preah Ko

មានចំនួនធ្នឹមល្អ ៗ ជាច្រើននៅក្នុងរចនាប័ទ្មនៃព្រះគោ

  • there are well-preserved inscriptions on the sanctuaries’ doorframes.





Lolei map

  1. Artificial Island
  2. Plateform
  3. Stairways
  4. Existing Prasats
  5. Supposed Prasats
  • the temple complex was the first in a series to be located on an artificial island, in this case in the middle of the Indratataka baray in Roluos, which is now dry.
  • There are four towers on the terrace which is 295 x 262 ft (90 x 80 m). The terrace is traversed by rainwater drainage canals.

មានប៉មចំនួនបួននៅលើដំបូលដែលមានទំហំ 295 x 262 ហ្វីត (90 x 80 ម៉ែត្រ) ។ ដំបូលត្រូវបានឆ្លងកាត់ដោយប្រឡាយទឹកភ្លៀង។

  • Scholars are not sure whether the architects had intended to build two other towers, as in Preah Ko


  • The brick prasats stand on sandstone foundations, face the east. They are surmounted by a four-tier pyramid structure

ជញ្ជាំងឥដ្ឋឈរនៅលើគ្រឹះថ្មភក់ប្រឈមនឹងទិសខាងកើត។ ពួកវាត្រូវបានកំណត់ដោយរចនាសម្ព័ន្ធសាជីជ្រុងបួនជាន់

  • The workmanship of the doors is basically awesome. The real doors are flanked by elegant slender columns, while the false doors have finely decorated stiles. The real doors have inscriptions on the jambs, and they are topped by beautifully carved lintels

ស្នាដៃរបស់ទ្វារគឺល្អណាស់។ ទ្វារពិតប្រាកដត្រូវបានព័ទ្ធជុំវិញដោយជួរដេកដែលឆើតឆាយឆើតឆាយខណៈដែលទ្វារក្លែងក្លាយបានតុបតែងយ៉ាងល្អិតល្អន់។ ទ្វារពិតប្រាកដមានសិលាចារឹកនៅលើឈើឆ្កាងហើយវាត្រូវបានគេលើកឡើងដោយធ្នឹមឆ្លាក់ស្អាត

  • The east towers are decorated with niches containing dvarapala, while the west towers have devatas with elegant folded garments.


  • The modern monastery that has been built around the monument – the meeting hall on the left and the monks’ wooden dwellings to the right – is in a certain sense the Buddhist spiritual heir of the ashrama, the ancient Hindu hermitage built together with the Lolei temple.

វត្តអារាមដែលត្រូវបានសាងសង់ជុំវិញប្រាសាទ ដែលមានសាលប្រជុំនៅខាងឆ្វេងនិងលំនៅដ្ឋានរបស់ព្រះសង្ឃនៅខាងស្តាំ

Amazing Lolei History You Need To Know Now
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24 thoughts on “Amazing Lolei History You Need To Know Now”

  1. History like this is priceless.  It is amazing what in our world has stood the test of time especially being exposed to the elements for so long.  That is a testament to the amazing skill that was around back then.

    I couldn’t imagine being in it because I just spent about 2 minutes staring at the picture and I felt some pretty strong inner peace.

    I believe many souls of yesterday help to fulfill that inner peace,

    Thank you for a great article.  It actually helped me prep for my day.

  2. Ancient historical buildings are one of my favorite places to see and hear about.  The construction of this temple shows such detail of workmanship of the people who built it with pride and with their hands and rough tools that they constructed for themselves.  When you think about what these people had to do to make a temple like this back then and it turn out to be such a beautiful work of art that has withstood time for all these years shows these people’s pride in the work that they did.

    Thank you for sharing the history of this temple and showing pictures of it’s beauty.


  3. Hello San,

    My wife and I have traveled a lot to Asia on vacation and are always fascinated with firstly the  skill it takes to create such masterpieces of art and culture together with the intricacy of the works. When one looks closely, even as a partially ruined temple such as this one, the artwork and skill is still clearly visible.

    I am grateful for posts such as this one to highlight these gems in Cambodia to encourage people to visit them, generate awareness and ultimately preserve this precious heritage.


  4. Wow! Very interesting! And I love how you make it so simple and to the point! 

    I think it’s so important to know this type of information when we visit ancient sites. 

    My husband tells me that there is reason to believe that these types of temples have older foundations than what most people believe (so in this case, older than 893). He says that the locations were considered sacred so people would build new temples over older foundations… 

    do you have an opinion about that? 



    • In the past, all kings built their own temples to promote themself as a God and also dedicate to their ancestors or relatives. Those temples were considered as sacred places for all citizen to obey. Those temples were considered as heaven on earth. I wish you visit there one day for your holiday

      Best regards

  5. This is really a “must visit” whenever I am traveling through Cambodia. A real nice dedication to Shiva and to members of the royal family. This “Home of the Gods” place on an island of water is a sight seeing I wouldn’t miss for the world! Thank you for this history lessen about Yasovarman and his father Indravarman


    • Yes madam, many tourists around the world, they visit Sieam Reap, Cambodia – including many Hollywood film stars also. There are affordable hotels and food which you can enjoy your holiday in my country

      Best regards

  6. Very interesting history on Lolei, I really like you’re site content, I felt it is very informative, the layout I like but I felt like it could benefit from a few more photos. 

    I have always been interested in historical subjects such as this and always thought it would be awesome to spend time traveling around and visiting places like this.

    Keep up the great work and I wish you the best of luck.

    • Thank you sir. I try to read books and pick up any good information to promote my temples in my country. I wish you visit there during your holiday because the hotel fee and food fee are affordable

      Best regards

  7. Hi I think this is a very interesting place to visit. I have always like visiting temples, castles or pieces of history when I have travelled around and I think you show some good points in your post. I will bookmark your site for future reference.  Thanks for sharing, Kenny

  8. Hello San, I really enjoy learning more about historic buildings and the history behind it. The good thing is you made the post very easy and simple to follow. Looking at the picture you have presented, it’s seems that the people at that time really cherish it and used it as a holy place for worship. I guess you will feel like connecting with the gods once you enter that place. I would love to go to such historic place one day. Thanks for sharing this information with us San.  

  9. Very fascinating history on Lolei, I actually like your website content, I felt it’s terribly informative, the layout i prefer however I felt am fond of it may gain advantage from a number of a lot of photos. I have continually been inquisitive about historical subjects like this and continually thought it might be amazing to pay time traveling around and visiting places like this.Keep up the nice work and that I want you the simplest of luck.

  10. Seeing this kind of post just makes me appreciate the diversity of culture scattered out there. I love cultural history and reading about the story behind this temple is just amazing. I would love to visit it someday as well as Preah Ko temple, the similarity in design of both of them is outstanding. Thank you so much San, for this amazing article.

  11. What a magical monument which has stood the test of time, and in your words: “The workmanship of the doors is basically awesome”. How could anyone argue with your comment.

    It is staggering that the detail of the artwork has remained so clear and concise. The amount of work which must have gone into the design and building is phenomenal.

    Being from Australia, where our country is just over 200 years old, we have nothing like this to see at all, which is why structures like this are right at the top of my “must see” list.

    I can’t imagine the feeling of being near, inside or outside of a building like this. The aura of the building is just awesome.

    I am adding that to my list of places to see when I travel to the Northern hemisphere in 2020. Amazing!

  12. Hi San, 

    Thanks for providing this overview on Lolei, I find all of these ancient temples absolutely fascinating! Until recently I wasn’t even aware that Hinduism was practiced in Cambodia (showing my ignorance a bit here). I’m planning a trip next month to Cambodia and intended to see Angkor Wat, I’ll make sure I visit this temple at the same time.



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