The Beauty of Banteay Srei

After a long hike from Phnom Kulen, we backtracked a bit to the final stop of this journey: Banteay Srei. You would wonder why people would even attempt to travel this far just to visit this temple, but after seeing the place, I was left in awe. Words cannot express how beautiful this temple is, despite it being in ruins.

Entrace to the temple

Entrace to the temple. Banteay Srei means Citadel of the Women.

Majority of the area was made with red sandstone, which gave the temple a vibrant red hue under the sun. But what made this temple captivating were the intricate detail on the carvings, from the lintel to the temple itself. One would expect normal wear and tear due to the weather, but the carvings retain their shape.

Writings on the wall

Writings on the wall

carvings on the temple structure

carvings on the temple structure

Carving at the entrance of the temple

Carving at the entrance of the temple

As the saying goes, “save the best for last”. This temple was definitely a worthy finale to my trip, and I guess most people who have traveled to Siem Reap would say the same. I am not an artistic person, and I barely know the technicalities, but there is beauty in art, and beauty is always appreciated, no matter what perspective it is.

Next: Hanging Out at the Night Market and Pub Street.

Photos from my Flickr.

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