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Banteay Srei, East Mebon, Pre Rup, Angkor Wat

  Duration: 5h
  Transport: Bicycle - 3-wheel remork - car

On the fifth day, you will visit some major temples of King Rajendravarman (944-968 A.D.) who brought the capital from Koh Ker back to Yashodharapura and the famous temple Angkor Wat of King Suryavarman (12th century A.D.). This time, Yashodharapura would remain the capital for many more centuries to come and be remarkable a growth of temple constructions with surprising architectural diversity.

Banteay Srei Temple, which is famous for its pink sandstone construction, displays some of the finest example of classical Khmer art. The walls are densely covered with some of the most beautiful, deep and intricate carvings of any Angkorian temple.

Like Lolei Temple which you visited on the second day, East Mebon rises up from the middle of an immense dry reservoir. You can imagine that you are standing on an artificial island.

Pre Rup is architecturally and artistically superior temple-mountain. It has beautifully carved false doors on upper level, as well as an excellent view of the surrounding countryside.

Angkor Wat is the center piece of any visit to the temples of Angkor. Constructed by King Suryavarman II, the temple served as his state temple. Khmer people consider Angkor Wat to be the symbol of their nation. It is a massive three-tiered pyramid crowned by five lotus-like towers rising 65 meters from ground level. Unlike many other Khmer temples, the temple faces west. According to recent archaeological researches, the temple was once a city where many hundreds of families lived.

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