Temples of Angkor: Banteay Kdei

Temples of Angkor: Banteay Kdei

Banteay Kdei, one of the many Temples of Angkor that you don’t want to miss this one. Once lost, these  temple were built approximately 900 – 1200 years ago. Only a 15 minute ride from Angkor Wat to Banteay Kdei, another beautiful temple, but not as large as Angkor Wat. 

Temples of Angkor – Siem Reap

rain soaked walls, Temples of Angkor

Many of the Angkor Temples have different colorings depending on the weather. Today its raining and the colors are saturated, the ground darkened by the sky and the stone is also darkened.

The Siem Reap area has the highest amount of Temples of Angkor in Cambodia. When travelers visit Angkor Wat, or Banteay Kdei, or many of the other famous ruins, travelers are visiting one of the best ancient cities in the world.  Many people come here from around the world. Angkor Wat is the most popular but there are many other ancient temples close by. The Angkor Temples attracts travelers from Europe, United Kingdom, Australia, South Korea, American, to name a few.

Traveling Angkor Ruins

When you first see the Angkor Ruins/temples with your own eyes you’re astonished with the enormous size. The stone blocks are very large and many form solid walls, but many have fallen down over the years mainly from the elements.  There are markings or engravings covering the interior and exterior stone walls.  As you wander the grounds you think about what life must have been like back then. A past era lost to the world for centuries before they were discovered again. What did the people do everyday that lived here over 1,000 years ago?  Cambodians are great people, peaceful, polite, quiet and kind. What were the people like back then?

Temples of Angkor

Temples of Angkor – Lost Civilization

History of Angkor

Why were all the temples abandoned? What happened to the people? It’s believed that these sacred places once held large populations and occupied a large geographic area in and around Siem Reap, Cambodia.  Each temple has its own cluster of walls and buildings.  There were library buildings within the walls that were for study and thought, according to our guide.  Our guide for the day estimates a population of around 1,000,000 people in the area at that time.  

History of Angkor – Walls Around the Ruins

When you see the temples of Angkor ruins, you notice the surrounding walls. The hight of the walls are indications of past wars.  Today they don’t seem to be all that high, but in the past the men and women were shorter.

Walking on the original stone pathways, and standing on the same grounds that others from a lost civilization walked on over 1000 years ago.  You can still feel the energy here.

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Angkor Temples – Siem Reap

These buildings are all very mysterious. Each temple is different, each is amazing!  The trees become part of the temple, we are in the jungle, huge and destructive as these trees can be, yet forming its own space with that if a portion if the temple and it becomes natures own artwork the tree and the temple together. I’m here to photograph in the form of fine-art, the form of trees and buildings that are now one.. In some areas it looks like it was done in an orderly fashion, some utterly destructive. There are many Angkor Temples – Siem Reap area.

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Temples of Angkor

Ancient Civilization – Lost for Years

There are many temples here, it’s a large area, yet most are in one area, just outside of Siem Reap. There are more temples than you can imagine. And you ask yourself,  where did the information about the history come from? Much comes from a deciphered lost language written on the walls or columns. We hired a guide and we got a short history lesson of Angkor Wat. And more photographs…but today and again Bad weather and now waiting for a break in the weather to get some great light.  Better lighting is coming… I Keep telling myself. SUN where are you??? I took only 5 in total on the iPhone and about 150 in the big camera. These are 3 of the 5. I’m hoping for some better light soon but the weather sure puts a twist in what you might imagine and see here on a clear day. This is the jungle…thank you for reading.

More People Visit Angkor Temple

The people who visit this world-wide tourist attraction are Chinese tourists, European tourists, Canadian tourists, Australian tourists, and American tourists. The central tourism language in Cambodia is English. The Thai guides speak English and communication is important for safety reasons.

Angkor Wat Photography Tour 

Photographers often going back to a location until the right photograph opportunity presents itself. That is hard to do if you’re traveling. 

My experience is has been two tropical storms in 10 days ruins that would ruin any Angkor Wat Photography. 

Best Photography

The photographs in this article represent my work at the Angkor temple Banteay Kdei, which I photographed in the rain. Rain darkens the grounds, adds contrast and moodiness to the scene along with some color saturation.  Seeing the Angkor temples is a life long dream. Photographing them is  dream to come true too. Take your best shots and hope for the best. Bad weather might make your photographs better than most of the ones you have seen of the Angkor Temples. Fewer people and photographs that don’t look like everyone else’s because they were visiting during the dry season.

Wikipedia Information about Banteay Kdei

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Author: TL

Editor & Chief, professional photographer who's passionate about fine arts, travel and food photography. Traveling in SE Asia currently. Thomas Levine Photography sells photo stock, products designed with his images, and educates others on how to take great photographs. Travel Food & Health is Tom's way of sharing the world. Geared for both travelers or arm chair travelers.

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