Photo of the Day – Banteay Kdei, Angkor Archaeological Park, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Stop number two was Banteay Kdei, meaning a Citadel of Chambers or as it is also referred to, a Citadel of Monks. It is a Buddhist temple that was built in the mid-12th to early 13th century. It is smaller and less complex than Ta Prohm and Preah Khan, though it shares the same architectural style.

There was a peaceful and tranquil walk along a lightly-wooded path to reach this temple. Along the way there were various vendors selling everything from carvings to clothing but it didn’t feel obtrusive.

The temple was built from soft sandstone and now many of the porches have collapsed and parts have been rebuilt with used stone.

We loved the beautiful and intricate carvings which were still so clear on many of the walls.

goddesses
carved into sandstone
beauty endures

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