Banteay Srey, Cambodia

There are three temples which you must visit in Cambodia. The first is Angkor Wat and the second is Bayon Temple, and last but not the least is the Banteay Srei Temple.

Located about 30km northeast of the famous Angkor Wat Temple, Banteay Srei is considered an outlying temple since it is quite a distance from the main temple complex. This temple is famous for its extraordinarily detailed stone carvings.

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The name Banteay Srei means ‘Citadel of the Women’ which may be a reference to the small scale of the temple and also to its intricate and delicate carvings. The unique thing about Banteay Srei Temple is that it was built largely of red sandstone, which can be carved like wood.

Credits: lihooi

Built in the 10th century and dedicated to the Hindu god, Shiva, Banteay Srei consists of three concentric rectangular enclosures. Like most temples in Siem Reap, it is oriented towards the east.

Credits: lihooi
Credits: lihooi

It was a beautiful morning, and I took some pictures of the flowers as well.

Credits: lihooi

We passed by what looked like a padi field on the way to the temple. What a wonderful view! I would not mind taking a morning stroll here even if there is no temple to visit.

Credits: lihooi

written by lihooi on 2011-12-14 in #world #locations #cambodia #temple #lca #siem-reap #banteay-srey #art-and-culture #agfa-ct

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