Banteay Srei, Siem Reap

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A jem of Khmer art, Banteay Srei is known for its delicate carvings and three-dimensional reliefs of devatas (divine nymphs), which earned the temple the modern name "citadel of the women." Originally dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva, the temple is tiny compared to typical Angkorian edifices. It was founded in the 10th century by two of the king's counselors, making it the only major Angkorian temple not commissioned by a king. Notice the lavish decorations on the library pediments depicting scenes from the ancient Indian epic Ramayana. Due to pilferage and vandalism, some of the original statues and carvings were moved to a museum by the end of the 20th century; all of the mythical guardians are copies. Our Siem Reap trip itinerary builder makes visiting Banteay Srei and other Siem Reap attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • August 18, 2017
    Not the biggest but hands down this is the most ornate and beautiful temple complex. There are incredible carvings and stories to be told. Hire a good guide. This is truly the gem of Siem Reap.  more »
  • August 18, 2017
    A mythical temple to see absolutely to discover old remains more of a thousand years wandering the ruins seems really unreal
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  • August 16, 2017
    A little more isolated than the main temples, banteay srei is a gem not to be missed with its delicate carvings and reliefs and with a slightly redder color than the other temples. Not to be missed
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  • June 6, 2017
    Small temple but with elegant carvings, almost sensual lacking the usual militant slant seen in other temples. Most of the construction is in laterite with stone dressings and pediments. Most pediments have a small carving of some event from the Ramayana and the Mahabharata.
  • March 28, 2017
    These were the best preserved carvings on a temple we've seen this far in Cambodia. It's a bit out of the way but was not crowded when we visited (approx. 4pm). The sun was setting and cast an awesome orange/gold light on the temple.
  • February 27, 2017
    One of the most beautiful Khmer temples. Amazing delicate carvings in red stone, very well preserved. The best time to visit is before sunset, even though the site is crowded – when the sun is low red color of stone seems even more intense and the site gets even more magnificent than in the morning/early afternoon.
  • March 17, 2017
    Absolutely stunning how exquisite the carvings are!!! Be prepared for intense sunshine roof is almost non-existent here. Very crowded during the day.
  • April 20, 2017
    5 stars is not enough - this is 'at least 50 stars' wonderful and to me the most enchanting place I have seen so far on Earth. Try to be there in between groups and you will find peace of mind like none before

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