4/20/2003--Angkor Wat Temples, Siem Reap, Cambodia .PHIMEANAKAS : ' Aerial Palace ' .. Phimeanakas is located inside the enclosure of the Royal Palace of Angkor Thom north of Baphuon...Date: Late tenth century-beginning of the 11th century .Kings: Jayavamen V and Udayadityavarman I .Religion: Hindu .Art style: Kleng ..Background .The temple of Phimeanakas is situated near the center of the area enclosed by the walls of the Royal Palace. It must originally have been crowned with a golden pinnacle, as Zhou Daguan described it as the Tower of Gold The temple is built of roughly hewn sandstone blocks and has little decoration. ..According to legend there was a gold tower (Phimeanakas ) inside the royal palace of Angkor the Great where a serpent-spirit with nine heads lived. The spirit appeared to the Khmer king disguised as a woman and the king had to sleep with her every night in the tower before he joined his wives and concubines in another part of the palace. If the king missed even one night it was believed he would die. In this way the royal lineage of the Khmer was perpetuated. ..All photographs ©2003 Stuart Isett.All rights reserved.