Looking out across the calm water to a picturesque lake of Srah Srang surrounded by natural forest and is a beautiful and peaceful place.
Srah Srang is a multi-tiered platform adorned with naga balustrades and guardian lions.
Despite originally believed to be the royal bathing pool, it seems that Srah Srang was used for the benefit of all the people who lived in the region.
Evidence shows that around Angkor Thom Archaeology Park was the home to many local citizens and at the height of the Khmer empire – it was estimated that approximately 1 million people occupied the area.
An inscription dating from the 10th century has been found nearby and asking residents “Not to bathe animals in the water or let herds of elephants destroy the earthen dykes.”
The very sparse remains of an island temple can be seen poking from the middle of the lake during the dry season when the water is low; but in the wet months, the island temple is completely swallowed by Cambodia’s tropical rainfall.
Srah Srang’s platform was engulfed by jungle and cleared of vegetation during excavations in the 1920’s; then more excavations took place in the 1960’s by archaeologist BP Groslier, where he uncovered burial jars with cremated remains.
These remains would have held a plethora of information that could have been scientifically studied – giving us more information about this ancient civilization.
However the jars have gone missing since that time and believed to be the result of war – so we will never know what secrets they held.
Srah Srang is a charming place to see, which adds some contrast in your day of visiting temples. It is nice to look across the water…reflecting upon the world around you.
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