March 16, 2007

Banteay Srei & Banteay Kdei - Cambodia

Banteay Srei, completed in 967, is an intricately carved temple of pink sandstone. These carvings are based on themes derived from the ancient Hindu epic “Ramayana”. We also couldn’t resist taking a picture of the little boy making flower strands.

Banteay Kdei was used as a Buddhist monastic complex until the mid-20th century. We saw a woman collecting red ants which our guide explained adds a delicious crunchy sour garnish to some dishes.

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