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Monday, February 11, 2013

Around West Baray in Cambodia

As I've said before Cambodia has a lot to offer even if you go past the mega famous Angkor Wat. My previous article about Battambang tells of a city with a troubled legacy.

The West Baray is a large artificial lake in the Angkor province of Cambodia and it's a great starting point for a day trip visiting all the surrounding temples and monuments.

Quite interesting is also the artificial island in the center of the lake where a Hindu temple called West Mebon is situated. The 11th century ruins cWestan be reached even by foot in the dry season.

Near the south-west corner of the lake stands Prasat Kravan probably the most beautiful brick monument from the  Angkor era. The temple is dedicated to Vishnu, a main Vedic God and features some unique sculptures representing the god and his consort Lakshmi under different incarnations.

Pre Rup is another popular destination in the vicinity of West Baray. This is a royal temple constructed as a pyramid around the year 961, with 5 towers honoring the Hindu gods.

By the dam of West Baray, Cambodia
By the dam of West Baray, Cambodia

Prasat Kravan temple in Cambodia

Sculptures at Prasat Kravan
Sculptures at Prasat Kravan

West Mebon temple ruins, West Baray
West Mebon temple ruins, West Baray

Pre Rup Temple, Cambodia
 Pre Rup Temple, Cambodia 

Pre Rup Temple towers, Cambodia
Pre Rup Temple towers, Cambodia