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. Using our custom trip planner, Siem Reap attractions like Banteay Srei can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • If you go there you see the wonderful Temple and you can enjoy with friends and take a lot of beautiful photos there  more »
  • The great temple amount all the temples in cambodia.all the tourist should spent time for visiting this temple because the views are very nice's temples.  more »
  • Of all temples this was my favorite with lots of little details and as it's a bit further away there will be less tourists around you.  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Absolutely stunning how exquisite the carvings are!!! Be prepared for intense sunshine roof is almost non-existent here. Very crowded during the day.
  • 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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