Many, many temples

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Banteay Srei

Up early to discover that Carol had been ill during the night too.  Must be the hectic pace of the last couple of weeks catching up with us all.  How Carol and Diane managed to look round some temples today I'll never know, especially in this heat. 

Our first stop was 'Pre Rup,' a pyramid-shaped temple-mountain, with some great views over the surrounding forest.  Then it was a half-hour ride through some lovely villages to one of the more remote temples, Banteay Srei.  Although fairly small, this Hindu temple has some of the finest stone carvings seen anywhere in the world.  Its name means 'Citadel of the Women' and it is believed to have been built by women as the carvings are deemed too delicate for men.  They are certainly very beautiful.

Next stop was the Eastern Mebon, a temple built in the 10th century, originally on an islet in the middle of the Eastern Baray - an enormous reservoir measuring 7km by 1.

Preah Khan
8km - this basin is now completely dried up.  Onto 'Ta Som,' a 12th century Buddhist temple, and then our last stop of the day - 'Preah Khan' - one of the largest at Angkor.  As we approached through the east gate, we saw a pair of huge trees that had intertwined and wrapped their roots around part of the outer wall.  We walked along another causeway to the temple itself, a maze of vaulted corridors and fine carvings.  Many of these carvings depict 'essai' (wise men) and 'apsara' (heavenly nymphs).

Enough temples for one day, and back to our guesthouse for some recuperating.  We went into Siem Reap for a meal, but no drinks as we are up very early tomorrow for sunrise.  Torture.

moorsideman says:
Amazing sights !
Posted on: Apr 27, 2007
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Banteay Srei
Banteay Srei
Preah Khan
Preah Khan
Eastern Mebon
Eastern Mebon
Pre Rup - many stairs
Pre Rup - many stairs
Intricate carvings at Banteay Srei
Intricate carvings at Banteay Srei
Banteay Srei
Banteay Srei
Pre Rup
Pre Rup
The corridors at Preah Khan
The corridors at Preah Khan
3 wise men carvings at Preah Khan
3 wise men carvings at Preah Khan
Ta Som
Ta Som
Eastern Mebon
Eastern Mebon
Eating the local dish - Amok
Eating the local dish - Amok
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