Srah Srang is a 900 year old water reservoir or Baray in Khmer language. It is located opposite of Banteay Kdei’s east entrance. It never dries up even if in dry season. That is the reason it is the breathtaking sunset landmark. Its name mean “Royal Bath”.
Nowadays, it is partially flooded. It is 700m by 350 m. It was dug and constructed by the initial idea from Kavindrarimathana, the mister of King Rajendravarman II, who also designed the plan for Pre Rup and Prasat Bat Chum. Later on, it was modified during the reign of King Jayavarman VII.
There is an island temple in the middle of Srah Srang. It is disappeared by the heavy rain fall during rainy season. There is a multi-tiered sandstone platform. The platform is handsomely decorated with Naga balustrades, lion carvings and other carvings. The sunrise view is the best from this platform. The best time to visit Srah Srang is in early morning before and during sunrise. You may arrive earlier and prepare your camera. When the sun arrives, you will see whether it is propaganda or not.