Monday, 4 May 2009

the beautiful Banteay Srey Temple

Goodness me ... the time is flying by so fast and I still have not finished writing in my blog about our trip to Cambodia. I have done the Angkor Wat Sunrise, the Cambodian Picnic Parts ONE, TWO and THREE, and the Cambodian Village .... so it looks like the area I need to get moving on are the other Temples!

In this post will be the photos etc about the 10th Century Banteay Srey Temple, 37 klms north of the town of Siem Reap.

Banteay Srey loosely translates to ‘citadel of the women,’ but this is a modern appellation that probably refers to the delicate beauty of the carvings. Built at a time when the Khmer Empire was gaining significant power and territory, the temple was constructed by a Brahmin counselor under a powerful king, Rajendravarman and later under Jayavarman V. Banteay Srey displays some of the finest examples of classical Khmer art.

The walls are densely covered with some of the most beautiful, deep and intricate carvings of any Angkorian temple. The temple's relatively small size, pink sandstone construction and ornate design give it a fairyland ambiance.

The colors are best before 10:30 AM and after 2:00 PM, but there are fewer tourists in the afternoon. This temple was discovered by French archaeologists relatively late, in 1914. The temple area closes at 5:00 PM.

Banteay Srey
lies 38 km from Siem Reap, requiring extra travel time. Drivers usually charge a fee in addition to their normal daily charge for the trip. Banteay Srey is well worth the extra effort.

The following images were all taken in and around the beautiful Banteay Srey Temple:

now wasn't that worth waiting for???

it really is one of the most beautiful Temples in Cambodia - Banteay Srey which loosely translates to ‘citadel of the women'.

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