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Wat Phra Singh Buddhist Temple, Chiangmai’s Most Impressive
Wat Phra Singh is an impressive Buddhist temple within Chiangmai's old city centre walls and located at the far western end of Ratchadamnoen Road.

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It contains one of Thailand's three important Phra Singh Buddha images, with the other two at Wat Phra Mahathat in the city of Nakhon Si Thammarat and in the Bangkok National Museum.

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Nature Overgrown - The Beautiful Beng Melea Ruins
Beng Melea is an Angkor Wat style temple about forty kilometres east of the Angkor temple complex near Siem Reap in Cambodia. It was also to be our last temple visit and an amazing one it was which proved to us that Beng Melea was one of the more beautiful Angkorian sites.

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Since it was much further away from town than the other complexes, Beng Melea turned out to be a more peaceful place to visit, though we weren't the only tourists there. We didn't have our guide with us, just Marom, the tuk-tuk driver who happily dropped us off and waited while we walked around for almost two hours.

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The Compact Chau Say Tevoda Temple
The Chau Say Tevoda was a temple located just east of Angkor Thom. It was built in the mid-12th century as a Hindu temple in the Angkor Wat style.

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Angkor Thom Part 4 - Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King
The Terrace of the Elephants was part of the walled city of Angkor Thom, used by Angkor's King Jayavarman VII as a platform from which to view his victorious returning army. It's named for the carvings of elephants on its eastern face.

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Angkor Thom Part 3 - The Three-Tiered Baphuon Temple
The Baphuon was a three-tiered temple mountain built as a state temple and dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva.

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This sign below shows the shape of a reclining Buddha that's about nine metres tall by seventy metres long. Built on the west side's second level, it was probably a result of the Baphuon being converted to a Buddhist temple in the late 15th century.

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