Banteay Kdei

high-definition creative commons photographs from this Angkorian site in Cambodia, one of the main universities in the kingdom, which is largely unrestored, together with further information and a map.

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Map of Banteay Kdei

Banteay Kdei was built in the late 12th to early 13th centuries CE during the reign of Jayavarman VII. It was a Buddhist University designed in the Bayon style, similar in plan to Ta Prohm and Preah Khan, but less complex and smaller. Its structures are contained within two successive enclosure walls, and consist of two concentric galleries from which emerge towers, preceded to the east by a cloister.

The complex is currently dilapidated due to faulty construction and poor quality sandstone. The inscription stone has never been discovered so it is unknown to whom the temple was dedicated.

Text adapted from Wikipedia (retrieved, March 6th 2010)

Photographs by Anandajoti Bhikkhu

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