Photo: At times sublime.

Srah Srang

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Srah Srang, meaning “royal bath”, is a mid-sized baray opposite the east entrance of Banteay Kdei that runs out towards Pre Rup.

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Some 700 metres long and 300 metres wide, the baray was dug out in the mid-10th century but then built in the 12th century during the reign of Jayavarman VII. It has an almost sublime beauty to it—Angkor expert Maurice Glaize compared its majestic calm to that of Piece d’eau des Suisses at Versailles, yet many today give it but a passing glance.

Take a walk on the south side. Photo taken in or around Srah Srang, Angkor, Cambodia by Caroline Major.

Take a walk on the south side. Photo: Caroline Major

The western end of the Srah Srang remains in the best condition, lined by a long stone wall with a terrace and staircase at its centre. The stairs are flanked by nagas and fearsome lions as they run down to the water’s edge, but they don’t put off the local kids who are often found splashing around here. The reservoir is semi-filled; when the water levels drop you can make out temple ruins that once would have sat in ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 300 words.)

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