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09 June 2010

An ancient wall around Sra Srang that is miraculously still standing

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Not far from Angkor Thom, the main city so to speak, lie Banteay Kdei and an early basin called Sra Srang, meaning Pool of Ablutions that measures an astonishing 800 by 400 meters. It was reserved for the King and his wives to bath in and still contains water. A wooden temple once stood on the tiny island in the pond, but nowadays only the stone base remains. Though the immens pond was used by the king for bathing, it was originally designed to store rain water from the monsoon!

After our tuk-tuk driver dropped us here, we crossed the road to Banteay Kdei, an enormous Buddhist monastery dating from the second part of the 12th century. The concentric surrounding walls mainly still stand and so does part or the temple complex. Banteay Kdei is considerably less busy as Ta Prohm and therefore definately worth the visit. Peculiar detail is that the construction methods used here were not as solid as elsewhere: the inside of the tower in the centre of the site was never finished and due to the quick construction, quite a lot of the temples is in ruins.