8 beautiful Angkor temples, in Cambodia

Banteay Srei (“Citadel of the Women”)

united_kingdomWith fine, detailed, tridimensional carvings on the walls, that looks like concrete lace, Banteay Srei is one of my favourite Angkor temples. Legend says that it’s been built by a woman, as the elaborate carvings are supposedly too fine for the hand of a man. Built in 967 AD, Banteay Srei was a temple dedicated to Shiva and is considered to be the jewel of Angkorian craftmanship. The surface of the temple is almost fully covered in decorations and mythical guardians watch over such perfect creations.

romania_flagBanteay Srey- Orasul Femeilor. Mici sculpturi tridimensionale, fine, detaliate, ce par a fi tesute din dantela fac din acest templu o bijuterie Angkoriana ce se afla printre preferatele mele din toate templele din Angkor, in Cambodia. Legenda spune ca Banteay Srei a fost construit de o femeie, deoarece sculpturile laboriaoase sunt mult prea fine pentru mainile unui barbat. Suprafetele peretilor sunt aproape in intregime acoperite in decoratiuni, iar creaturi mitice vegheaza asupra acestei minunate creatii. Templul a fost construit in anul 967 si a fost dedicat zeului  Shiva.

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Preah Khan (“Sacred Sword”)

united_kingdomOne of the largest complexes at Angkor, the temple of Preah Khan reminds me of Ta Prohm, but with fewer visitors. In the maze of corridors, between the ruins, there were local children spending time.

romania_flagPreah Khan – “Sabia sacra“: este unul din cele mai vaste complexe din Angkor si parca seamana un pic cu templul Ta Prohm, dar cu mai putini turisti. Copii isi petreceau timpul in labirintul de ruine.

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Pre Rup (“Turning the body”)

united_kingdomPre Rup was built during Rajendravarman II and it has pyramid shape towers. “Turning the body” refers to a traditional method of cremation.

romania_flagTemplul Pre Rup – “Rotirea cadavrului”: a fost construit in timpul lui Radendravarman al II-lea si are turnuri in forma de piramida. Rotirea cadavrului se refera la o metoda traditionala de incinerare.

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Neak Poan

united_kingdomA tower on a lake.

romania_flagNeak Poan: Templul de pe lac.

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Ta Som

united_kingdomTa Som temple, built in the 12th century, provides a good photo opportunity: a huge tree embracing the eastern tower.

romania_flagIn templul Ta Som, construit in sec al XII-lea, se afla un copac urias ce invaluie turnul de est.

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Eastern Mebon

united_kingdomThis Hindu temple is guarded at its corners by carved stone elephants.

romania_flagMebonul de Est: acest templu Hindus este pazit la colturi de elefanti ciopliti in piatra.

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Beng Mealea

united_kingdomBuilt in the 12th century, Beng Mealea is a mysterious temple drowned in jungle. Lonely Planet names it: “The ultimate Indiana Jones experience. Paths take you through piles of stones and hanging vines, and the foliage offers cool shadow during hot days.

romania_flagConstruit in sec al XII-lea, Beng Mealea e un templu misterios invadat de jungla. Ghidul Lonely Planet numeste templul :”experienta suprema Indiana Jones“. Sunt alei ce te duc printre gramezi de pietre si liane, iar umbra racoroasa a copacilor e perfecta in zilele calduroase!

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Preah Koh

united_kingdomBuilt in the 9th century, this temple dedicated to Shiva has 6 towers (3 in the front related to male ancestors and 3 in the back related to female ancestors). Stone lions guard the steps of the temple.

romania_flagConstruit in secolul IX si dedicat zeului Shiva, templul Preah Koh are 6 turnuri (cele 3 din fata se refera la stramosii de sex masculin, iar cele 3 turnuri din spate se refera la stramosii de sex feminin. Lei din piatra vegheaza treptele templului.

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7 thoughts on “8 beautiful Angkor temples, in Cambodia

    1. Hi! I actually wanted to visit Laos but didn’t work out this year. But it’s on my to do list for sure. I use a Nikon D90 and a D600 with various types of lenses. 🙂

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