Cambodia, a country which has a rich and vibrant culture is a South East Asian nation that has drawn travelers from all over the world to experience its magnificent history which dates back to over thousands of years.
This tropical nation is home to some of the most ancient and grand monuments that are known to man. One of those well known historic ruins is the Banteay Srei. Located in the Angkor area, 15 miles from the medieval sanctuary capital of Yasodharapura, it is a temple dedicated for the worship of the Hindu gods Shiva and Vishnu. This magnificent structure is mostly crafted out of red sandstone which amplifies its beauty and elegance and gives it a light reddish and brown based color.
As a temple, it depicts many Hindu tales in the form of carvings. These intricate wall carvings are a popular reason for visiting this temple which also adds to its true beauty. This has also been the basis for its name Banteay Srei, which means the citadel of the women. It is said that these intricate carvings found in the temple are so delicately made, that they could have only been done by a woman.
Unlike other monuments and ruins found in Cambodia, the size of this temple is miniature, but no less important. It is also significant for the fact that it was not built by the royalty of Cambodia; the man credited for the construction of this breathtaking temple is a counselor to the Cambodian King Rajendravarman.
When departing with a sense of adventure to discover true Cambodia, there is no better place to embark from than an Angkor hotel which is in the midst of all the historic sites to be traveled and experienced. One of the best hotels in Siem Reap is Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor, featuring luxury accommodation and modern facilities making it a perfect location to discover Cambodia.