Before stepping into our Khmer restaurant, Sala Russey, you must first step into Angkor, an ancient, mystical place. A place where the air is cleaner, vegetation grows thicker, and you become enveloped in a relaxing vibe. Come and find us in the heart of Angkor on the northern flank of Srah Srang.
Srah Srang Architecture
The royal bathing pool is bordered by laterite steps with an outer margin of sandstone. On the western flank, sits an exquisite terrace, also built from laterite with a molded sandstone base. It is believed that this once supported a larger structure, most likely a large rectangular room with viewing galleries.
Srah Srang’s terrace features several mythical representations taking the form of Nagas, Garudas, and large lions following in the Bayon style. When water levels are low it’s possible to see a small central island. With several large stone blocks found in the man-made lake, it is thought that there once was a small island sanctuary.
The History of Srah Srang
Jayavarman VII, king of the ancient Khmer Empire from 1181-1218 was known as a great builder, constructing many monuments in Angkor!
Great Sunrise & Sunset Location
To witness magical sunrises relatively alone in Angkor, head to the western terrace of Srah Srang. Most tourists will be crowding Angkor Wat for their pictures which makes this a peaceful location to enjoy a sunrise reflecting its colors off of the lake.
No wonder its name means royal bathing pool! After sunrise, if you’re in need of an energy boost before your day of exploration, swing by our place to grab a hot cup of coffee.
Srah Srang is also a great spot for sunset. Swing around to the eastern side or sit on the banks with a drink right outside of our restaurant.
Several temples can be found near Srah Srang, and if you’re quick, you may be the first person of the day to visit with no one else around!
- Banteay Kdei – The Citadel of Monks – is located approximately 300 meters west of Srah Srang
- Bat Chum is located approximately 400 meters south of Srah Srang
- Kutisvara is located approximately 400 meters Northwest of Srah Srang
- Pre Rup is located approximately one kilometer to the East of Srah Srang
We feel that Srah Srang deserves more attention. It truly is an amazing place.
“Entirely surrounded by large trees and always full of water it provides, in the fading light of day, one of the most delightful settings in the Angkor Park – its majestic calm particularly recalling certain views in Versailles, such as the Pièce d’eau des Suisses or the Grand Canal.” – Maurice Glaize