Monday, May 30, 2011

Temple Chronicles: Banteay Srei

A good one hour tuktuk ride from our hotel, Banteay Srei or "Citadel of Woman" is one of the temples I was looking forward to visiting.  

Completed in 967, this Hindu temple complex is built for Hindu God Shiva. What sets it apart from the other temples is the red sandstone that was used to build it making it stand out even from afar.

You can visit the museum first to get a better understanding of the temple.

Considered the most beautiful temple, Banteay Srei is widely praised as the "Jewel of Khmer Art".

The beautifully detailed carvings is just breathtaking!

If you get tired from all the walking, you can take a rest at the big and sturdy branch of the trees like this one.

As with most tourist spots, souvenir shops are lined up at the exit gate featuring Khmer work of art.

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