Banteay Samre, Siem Reap

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Explore the well-restored Angkor Wat architectural style at Banteay Samre, a Hindu temple built at the beginning of the 12th century under Khmer rulers Suryavarman II and Yasovarman II. Thanks to modern technological advancements, archaeologists have returned much of the temple to its former glory, especially the intricate carvings on the facade. Its towers and balustrades resemble the Angkor Wat towers, as well as those of the Khmer temple of Phimai in Thailand. Consider combining your visit with a trip to another 10th-century holy site dedicated to Lord Shiva nearby. Plan to visit Banteay Samre and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Siem Reap attractions using our Siem Reap trip itinerary maker site .
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  • If you make on the big circuit, you will pass here. The beauty is that it is not so crowded. The drawback is that it is therefore less well restored. The reliefs are nice, but all is not so delicate and beautiful as within Angkor Thoms.
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  • We saw this temple on the way back from Banteay Srei. It has beautiful engravings and really worth seeing.  more »
  • You ever read a draft version of one of your favorite books, or the demos for one of your favorite albums? That's Banteay Samre. It feels like a rough draft of Angkor Wat. It's beautiful and fascinati...  more »
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  • One of the best temples of Angkor. It's beautiful, well reserved and absolutely peaceful. It's a good spot for sunset watching.
  • It is another temple in the Angkor archeological area and very similar in architecture to Angkor. The temple is. Quite a way out and not many people visit it. It is a temple devoted to Vishnu and bears symbols and friezes associated with the God. It is not a spectacular temple but is more peaceful than other more popular places.
  • Very detailed cravings, peaceful and not a lot of tourist when we were visiting.
  • Lovely temple. Better preserved than the others.
  • One of the "hidden jems" in the complex that a lot of tours skip. Beautiful temple and had the place (almost) to ourselves although that will likely change

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