Location: North of Phimeanakas (see map
Access: Enter and leave the monument from the east.
Tip: The jungle around Prah Palilay is peaceful. Leave Tep Pranam and
walk to rah Palilay, then around the temple.
Date: Middle to last halt of the 12th century
King: Jayavarman VII
Art Style: Angkor Wat
The presence of Buddhist monks and nuns at this temple give it a feeling of an
active place of worship. Lintels and pediments lying on the ground at the sides
and back of the temple afford a rare opportunity to see relief at eye level.
Many depict Buddhist scenes with Hindu divinities.
A large seated Buddha in front of the temple of Prah Palilay is of a recent
date. A terrace in the shape of a cross precedes the temple and stands as an
elegant example of the 'classic 'period of Khmer art. Serpent balustrades
terminating with a crest of seven heads frame the terrace. A causeway joins the
terrace to the entry tower at the east set in the enclosing laterite wall, of
which only parts remain. The entry tower is in the shape of a cross and has
three passages and a cylindrical vault with a double pediment. The pediments of
the pediments of the entry towers are modeled with Buddhist scenes. The lintel
on the east side of the entry tower depicts a reclining Buddha and the pediment
on the south side has a finely carved seated Buddha; the pediment on the north
has an uncommon depiction of a standing Buddha with his hand resting on an
elephant. There are remains of two guardians (decapitated) on the east and two
lions on the ground between the terrace and the Central Sanctuary.
Only the Central Sanctuary of Prah Palolay remains intact. The sandstone tower
opens on four sides, each one of which has a porch. The tower stands on a base
with three tiers and has a stairway on each side. On the upper portion there is
a truncated pyramid that forms a sort of chimney, which is filled with reused
Source: Ministry of
Tourism of the Kingdom of Cambodia