(SEAArch) Another article on Banteay Chhmar

(SEAArch) Another article on Banteay Chhmar

The haunting monastic complex is so entwined in jungle vines and mystery that it could be the set of an Indiana Jones film. But it is not. It is one of the great historic treasures of south-east Asia, and is slowly awakening after eight centuries of isolated slumber. The dramatic towers, bas-reliefs and dark chambers of Cambodia’s Banteay Chhmar make it a far more atmospheric place than its famous twin at Angkor Wat. What drove Jayavarman VII, regarded as the greatest king of the Angkorian Empire, to erect this vast Buddhist temple about 105 miles (170km) from his capital in Angkor, and in one of the most desolate and driest places in Cambodia, remains one of its many unsolved riddles. Called the “second Angkor Wat”, Banteay Chhmar approaches it in size, is more frozen in time than the manicured and made-over superstar, and has so far been spared the blights of mass touris...

Full article: http://www.southeastasianarchaeology.com/2012/01/16/anoth...

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