Banteay Kdei and Ta Prohm: Buddhist Monasteries of Angkor
When in Cambodia, you should NOT miss these amazing Angkor sites. Definitely one of the highlights of our Cambodia trip.
Banteay Kdei - "A Citadel of Chambers" | "Citadel of Monks' cells"
“The temple's spacious and tree-shaded grounds, combined with the relatively low traffic, makes Banteay Kdei a great place for visitors with time on their hands, all the better to stop and take in the atmosphere." – source
"The temple itself is in a rather advanced state of decay: its soft sandstone structure has collapsed in certain places, and the outer enclosure has been reconstructed using re-used stones. And because of alterations made by later Hindu kings, Banteay Kdei lacks the symmetry of more popular temples like Angkor Wat.” – source
Restorations around Banteay Kdei
Ta Prohm – Romantic Jungle of Angkor
Ta Prohm is the most famous temple of all Angkor temple sites. Because unlike most temples in Angkor, Ta Prohm has been left in much the same condition in which it was found. Overgrown trees and thick foliage give the visitors the feeling of being inside the jungle. Its romantic appeal makes it one of the most photographed place in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
“The trees growing out of the ruins are perhaps the most distinctive feature of Ta Prohm” – source
“Ta Prohm was used in both the movie and game of 'Tomb Raider', and has some of the best temple-in-the-jungle photo opportunities.” – source
But just to warn you, plenty of tourists flock the area so it is best to come during off peak season or either very early in the morning or late in the afternoon.
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