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Banteay Srei Temple, Siem Reap

  • By on September 6, 2009 | 6 Comments

    Life is great and now we are back to Siem Reap again. Banteay Srei or some call it Banteay Srey was the second last destination of our Siem Reap Travel that we headed for after the visit to Kabel Spean Carving Waterfall.

    You will need to spend some time in your transportation if you going to Banteay Srei temple, because it was probably around 25-30km from Siem Reap.

    Remember to ask your transporter if there’s any additional fees or charges required to drive you there 😀

    Banteay Srei temple was constructed around 10th Century which was dedicated to Hindu god, Shiva.

    A Must Visit Banteay Srei Temple

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    If you going to Siem Reap, I highly recommend you Banteay Srei temple as a must visit destination in your journey.

    Banteay Srei temple differentiated from the other temple by its amazing wall carvings that still observable today 🙂

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    Banteay Srei temple was constructed mainly by red sandstone and you will never see this kind of impressive depth carving in other temple in Siem Reap.

    I really wonder how long does the ancient people takes to carve all the stone block in front of my eyes 😀

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    Each stone you find in the temple has their own story or legend to tell, so get your tour guide to explain for a buck 🙂

    Or you can get the Wikipedia guide to tell you the story – In the middle of the scene stands the ten-headed demon king Ravana. He is shaking the mountain in its very foundations as the animals flee from his presence and as the wise men and mythological beings discuss the situation or pray. According to the legend, Shiva stopped Ravana from shaking the mountain by using his toe to press down on the mountain and to trap Ravana underneath for 1000 years.

    The carving versus story is pretty much accurate though 😀

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    Have you been to Ta Prohm (Tomb Raider) temple?

    If yes, you will know the tree in Banteay Srei temple can fight against those gigantic one in Ta Prohm temple 🙂

    I can’t even climb an inch up 😀

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    Marcus is far more ambitious, he tries to pull down the tree with his bare hand 😀

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    Ling Ling and I was super exhausted towards the end of our Siem Reap travel journey in Banteay Srei temple.

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    Escape from Alcatraz Banteay Srei by Marcus as the main actor of the day 😀

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    Okay, that’s it for the Banteay Srei temple in Siem Reap as second last destination 🙂

    I am so happy for my Siem Reap travel blog post going to end, so remember to catch up my final post for Siem Reap Travel soon!

    ah hong

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  1. #1 Yatz
    September 6, 2009 3:37 pm

    i just mentioned to YY (the model) that Siam Reap is a nice place for photography..LOL..nice pics!

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  1. #2 ah hong
    September 6, 2009 8:17 pm

    @Yatz Yes, a very good place for photography. Even there’s couple went to Ta Phrohm temple for wedding shot 😀

    Thanks thanks…the photo was shot by my friends using Canon EOS 20D 😀

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  1. #3 littlepolaris
    September 8, 2009 9:16 am

    Eh, i thot I saw my name. Rupa-rupanya is Yatz. Told u lor… we shud travel out of malaysia for extraordinary photos. Haha.

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  1. #4 ah hong
    September 8, 2009 9:50 am

    @Polaris Must visit Siem Reap at least once, you guys sure will find it a good place for photography 😀

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