Cambodia: The Temples

Banteay Srei:

Our final temple visit was to Banteay Srei, or the pink temple.  It was an hour’s tuk-tuk ride through the Cambodian countryside, where we passed the traditional Cambodian homes built on stilts. Banteay Srei, built in 967 A.D., predates Angkor Wat by 200 years. It is the only temple made from red sandstone.  The name has two translations; “Citadel of the Women” and “Citadel of Beauty.” And beautiful it was!

Banteayh Srei

The sandstone temples of Banteay Srei


Monkey demons guard the entrance of one of the buildings.

Banteay Srei was smaller than most of the other temples that we visited.

Glenn at Banteay Srei

Glenn at Banteay Srie.

Carved stone "steles" record the history of the temple for future generations.

A stele

Ancient Khmer script records the story of the construction of Banteay Srei.

The windows and doorways of all the buildings of Banteay Srei are covered in elaborate carvings.


Michele and Glenn in a window.

In the doorway

Isaac, Solin, and Glenn in front of a doorway.

Window carving

Another elaborate lintel carving.


Clockwise from top: Isaac, Solin, Glenn, and Michele, not-at-all too proud to indulge in a selfie.

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