Admiring the unique architecture of the royal bathing pool - Srah Srang

Admiring the unique architecture of the royal bathing pool - Srah Srang


Srah Srang is an artificial reservoir located in Angkor Wat temple area, Cambodia. It is its unique architecture which has attracted a lot of both domestic and foreign tourists from everywhere in the world. If you have a chance to visit Srah Srang, do not forget to book the best Asia tours to get the most interesting trip!

Brief of Srah Srang royal bathing pool

Srah Srang

Srah Srang

Srah Srang is located in the south of East Baray and the east of Banteay Kdei, built in the middle of the 10th century, based on the initiative of Kavindrarimathana – the minister of King Rajendravarman II. The pool then was ruled to be improved in the 12th and 13th century by King Rạendravarman VII.

Srah Srang royal bathing pool was built specifically for Buddhism, which was a dignified and respectable place of all Cambodian people at that time. It is well-located for admiring the sunrise and sunset. Consequently, a trip to Srah Srang will be one of the best things in your life.

The unique architecture of Srah Srang royal bathing pool

Srah Srang’s architecture is built in the Bayon style, surrounded by innumerable green trees. However, it sometimes runs out of water in the dry season, resulting in that tourists can easily walk out to the middle of the pool to see the ancient artifacts clearly. The typical architecture of the pool consists of two main parts.

Angkor Wat & Local Life Experience

Angkor Wat & Local Life Experience

The upper part has a simple structure with a downing 3-layer set intermingled with the image of the god Naga and the statues of lions; however, the structure has been severely damaged.

The second part is the structure in the middle of the pool where the kings went there to relax in the past. Moreover, the pool was also the place where the imperial maids bathed. There used to be a stone relic in the middle of the pool but it had been burned by the Royal Thai army and Champa army.

There are a lot of stone statues, lion statues, and snake statues… sculptured with many different sizes put facing the pool. Up to now, a number of the statues have remained in their original position but some have been destroyed. And perhaps, that ruin makes Srah Srang less well-known to tourists.

The meanings of Srah Srang royal bathing pool

Photo by Cheak Chuom

Photo by Cheak Chuom

In addition to the function used as the place of kings under Angkor dynasty, the pool played an important role in the water irrigation and retention for the Angkor Kingdom during the dry season in the past. Over time, the degradation of Srah Srang together with its unfavorable drainage position has made Srah Srang become the ancient-historical-value relic only.

In spite of that, Srah Srang now still exists in Cambodia and becomes a national historical relic which is an important part of Cambodian people in the past, today, and tomorrow. Especially, it is now a free swimming pool for children. All have created an honorable Srah Srang nowadays.

Top 4 restaurants near Srah Srang royal bathing pool

Khmer Village Restaurant

The restaurant – one of the largest restaurants on the Srah Srang strip is located at No. 45, group 3, Sras Srong village, Siem Reap, Cambodia. It is about 0.38 km far from Srah Srang to this restaurant. The restaurant offers Asian and Cambodian cuisine; especially, it is suitable for vegetarians.

The Palmboo Restaurant

The restaurant resides in Sra Srang village, Angkor Thom commune, Siem Reap 8795, Cambodia. When coming here, tourists will enjoy the simple cozy atmosphere. Only 0.39 km is counted to drive to Srah Srang royal bathing pool from here. The restaurant provides tourists with Asian, Cambodian, and vegetarian food.

Khmer Angkor Kitchen Restaurant

Khmer Angkor Kitchen Restaurant

Khmer Angkor Kitchen Restaurant

The restaurant is situated in Srah Srang, Angkor Area, Angkor archaeological park. It is not a big but nice restaurant. When coming here, tourists will be served Asian and Cambodian dishes. Besides, it is one of the nearest restaurants from Srah Srang royal bathing pool with a distance of only 0.63 km.

Batchum Khmer Kitchen Restaurant

Residing in Kravan village, Nokor Thom, Siem Reap, Cambodia is a beautiful restaurant called Batchum Khmer Kitchen Restaurant. Besides enjoying delicious food and cold drinks, tourists will feel comfortable since the fast service of the friendly staffs here. The lovely design and Asian and Cambodian food will attract tourists a lot even though it is hidden away. Top of that, it is only 0.87 km far from Srah Srang to get to this place.  

Indeed, Srah Srang royal bathing pool is one of the most interesting tourist destinations when you visit Cambodia – the land of temples, where you can admire the sunrise in the early morning giving you the best relaxing feeling. If you are attending to visit Srah Srang, do not hesitate to book Cambodia vacation tours to get the greatest moments with us today! Have a nice trip.

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