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Saturday, 15 June 2013

Banteay Srei, "jewel of khmer art".

Banteay Srei

For many tourists, Banteay Srei is the most beautiful temple of Angkor, the "jewel of khmer art". In a beautiful departure from other structures of Angkor, Banteay Srei is faced with pink sandstone finely carved with sculptures beautifully detailed, some of them depict scenes from the Hindu epics the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. The name of Banteay Srei, which translates into "Temple of women", can be attributed to a relatively small scale of the temple and the finesse of the artwork.

Visitors will be able to cross a ditch to get into the temple, and are allowed to enter to the extent that the first enclosure surrounding, but must go further than the path that surrounds the temple itself. This prevents Banteay Srei to be overwhelmed by visitors. It is a good thing, also: tourists would never otherwise, have stunning views of the temple even if it also means that you will never consider very well closely detailed sculptures.

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