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Exploring Angkor (3)

CAMBODIA | Tuesday, 26 February 2008 | Views [552]

26.2.08

This is the last day of temple seeing. Today’s agenda consisted of travelling to Banteay Srei which was about 25 km from the main groups of temples in Angkor. This well preserved temple showcases some of the most intricate carvings of all the temples in the Angkor group. It has been said this temple was built by a woman due to its delicacy. It was made from red sandstone that can be carved into as easily as wood and is dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. As we approached the walls to the temple, delightful music was being played by Khmer who have been injured by landmines. I bought a CD from them and ventured into the realms of the temple itself.

This place is spectacular for macro photography of carvings. On our way back we quickly stopped at a couple of lesser known temples called Preah Khan, Neak Pean and Ta Som. All were stunning in their own ways and a better way to see some temples without masses of other people hanging around.

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