Last Day at Angkor: The Lady Temple and the Long Walk to the Lake

Pre Rup

Pre Rup

Pre Rup

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Banteay Srei 

This temple is called the “lady temple” because it’s shorter than the other temples, lady-sized. No one seems to be sure why it was built on such a small scale. It’s built of red sandstone, rather than the mix of sandstone, laterite, and brick used in some of the other temples. It’s also covered in beautiful decorative carvings, and because the buildings are only a little taller than eye level, it’s easy to admire the art.

On the approach, you can see how the temple is so much smaller than the other temples.

On the approach, you can see how the temple is so much smaller than the other temples.

Banteay Srei

Banteay Srei

Most of the statues in the park are copies because the originals kept losing their heads.

Most of the statues in the park are copies because the originals kept losing their heads to vandals.

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Gorgeous detail in Banteay Srei

Gorgeous detail in Banteay Srei

Also monkeys

Also monkeys

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Such cool detail

Such cool detail

Being demure in the lady temple

Being demure in the lady temple

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Banteay Samré

More than other temples I visited, Banteay Samré seemed like it was missing water. Everything was raised off the ground–the outer walls, the inner libraries, the inner temple–and since it was all closer together than Angkor Wat or similar, I got the feeling that there should have been water filling in all the empty spots. Like a floating temple. This was just what I wanted, though, and probably isn’t at all what it would have looked like in the 12th century.

Banteay Samre

Banteay Samre

Lot of water missing

Can’t you just see water filling in all those spaces?

That detail again

That detail again

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East Mebon

East Mebon

East Mebon

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Dragonflies everywhere

Dragonflies everywhere

Ta Som

Ta Som

Ta Som

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Neak Pean

A royal lake, and a long walk through some pretty marshy areas to get to it. Tiny temples at the lake.

The long path to Neak Pean

The long path to Neak Pean

Love the symmetry of these lakes

Love the symmetry of these lakes

Preah Khan

Preah Khan

Preah Khan

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The hall of dancers at Preah Khan

The hall of dancers at Preah Khan

The library at Preah Khan

The library at Preah Khan

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2 thoughts on “Last Day at Angkor: The Lady Temple and the Long Walk to the Lake

  1. I’m pretty sure, after reading about the intense heat here, that you were hallucinating, seeing mirages of flowing water in these stone deserts!

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