Two symmetrical shrines, Thom Manon and
Chau Say _ alike in design and structure and twins also in ruin.
Chau Say Tevoda is located in east of the Gate of Victory of Angkor Thom, across
the road south from Thommanon, 500metres (1,640feet) off the road. A enter and
leave Chau Say Tevoda by the north entrance. It was built in the end of the 11th
century-first half of the 12th century by king Suryavarman II in Hindu with
following Angkor Wat style art.
Chau Say Tevoda and Thommanon are two small monuments close together (on the
left and right sides of the road) and similar in plan and style. Although the
precise dates of these monuments are unknown, they belong to the best period of
classic art stylistically and represent two variations of a single theme of
composition. Chau Say Tevoda has deteriorated more than Thommanon.
Chau Say Tevoda is rectangular in plan, with a Central Sanctuary opening to
east, an enclosing wall with an entry tower in the middle of the enclosing wall
at the east entrance. Walking towards the temple one can see traces of a moat
and vestiges of a laterite base of an enclosing wall.
The entry towers (1) are mostly demolished except for traces of the bases and
stair ways with sculpted steps. A raised causeway (3) on three rows of octagonal
supports (later than the monument) and a terrace link the east entry tower to a
nearby river to the east.
At the south of the passage a scene depicts the combat of Sugriva and Vali, at
the north of the passage (East Side) the relief include monkeys, Siva and
Parvati on a bull, and apsaras.
A long room with a porch (4) precedes the square Central Sanctuary (5)
connecting it with the east entry tower by a passage raised on three rows of
columns of which only traces remain. This long room is covered with a pattern of
flowers inscribed in squares and sculpted with stone flowers such as are seen at
Banteay Srei and Baphuon. The three false doors of the Central Sanctuary are
decorated with foliage and columns with diamond-shaped patterns (lozenges) and
flowers (on the left); human figures accentuate some of the bands of foliage in