After visiting Ta Prohm, we headed over to Banteay Kdei, which is a Buddhist Temple constructed between the mid 12th century and the beginning of the 13th century. We even got blessed with good luck and a long life from the beautiful buddhist woman pictured below.
We ended our day at the ever popular and most structurally sound of all the Temples, Angkor Wat. Also created in the 12th century, it was originally built as a Hindu Temple and later cared for by Buddhists. Today it is still an active Buddhist Temple and includes Buddhist statues, many with missing heads when it was looted along with the other temples during the takeover of the Khmer Rouge.
We had a wonderful first day touring the temples and even managed to avoid the majority of the crowds. We’ll explain how, along with other tips and our costs when we finish touring the Temples of Angkor. Next up, the incredible Bayon Temple along with Baphuon and Preah Khan.