- Martin Buber
Srah Srang is a reservoir, or baray, opposite Banteay Kdei temple (see our small temples page) in the Angkor complex, and its modern name means 'Royal Bath'. It was dug out in the mid-10th century under Kavindrarimathana, who was not only an architect but also a minister to the king of the period, King Rajendravarman. The lake, whose dimensions were 750 by 350 meters, was initially for the use of all creatures, as the earliest inscriptions found at the site have stated. In the late 12th century, under Jayavarman VII, the base was lined with sandstone, and the banks of the baray were modified and an impressive landing stage with guardian lions facing out toward the lake and naga balustrades was constructed. Today its a very popular location due to the fact that the water is still retained in the reservoir, and is still used to this day for bathing. Its also a fantastic spot to see the sunrise, the reflection over the water is very impressive.
Distance from Siem Reap to Banteay Kdei is 10.5km (approx 15 minutes by car, 20 minutes by tuk-tuk, or an hour by bicycle). Take Charles de Gaulle Road to
"Entirely surrounded by large trees it provides one of the most delightful settings in the Angkor Park - its majestic calm particularly recalling certain views in Versailles, such as the Pièce d'eau des Suisses or the Grand Canal"
"Calm, peaceful, serene, and breathtaking at daybreak. Enjoy breakfast on the banks of Srah Srang, in preparation for the temples that await the day ahead, and on a clear day enjoy what will undoubtedly be one of the highlights to any trip to the Angkor City. Just don't forget to set your alarm early!"
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