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Banteay Srei, Siem Reap

Categories: Ruins, Sacred & Religious Sites, Tourist Spots
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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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  • Make the effort to go a little further to this temple. It's worth it! Smaller and less grand but by no means less beautiful. It's colours and the surrounding beautiful countryside give it a whole diff...  read more »
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  • Had read lots about this temple and, having visited the National Museum in Siem Reap and seen an example of the amazing carvings - so intricate - couldn't wait to see it. Was not disappointed. 
  • Another great temple not to miss after Angkor wat. Take around 40mn by road from angkor wat. Different architectural structure to discover.
  • After Angkor Wat, I would state this is my next favorite temple. The carvings are intricate and some of the finest in the globe. The rock has a pinkish hue and it is no wonder that this is believed to be the 'jewel in the crown' of Angkorian Art. Do not miss this, it is really dissimilar to the others.
  • One of the best temple in angkor wat! The carvings are well kept so you can see all the details. For a temple that is built in 9th century, I'd say they have great taste of art and detail. A must see! Sometimes I wonder which is greater the churches of italy or the temples of cambodia (when it comes to art).
  • One of the most unique temples to see around Angkor. Amazing carvings, beautiful restoration, small but powerful.
  • Small, yet perfectly formed with beautiful sculptures. Try to avoid the heat and the midday crowds by arriving here early or late.
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