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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  • This place was really cool, not as big as Angkor wat. Its farther away though and the road to get there is rough. A lot of trees have signs saying what they are.  more »
  • Very squisite and gentle carvings In very good conditions, we widowed it also in 2016 and the difference now is that the internal area has been fenced to be preserved, so you can visit it walking arou...  more »
  • We visited four temples during our drive to Siem Reap and for me which was my favorite. Generally there have been less users so we could shoot pictures of the temple with no additional tourists in the...  more »
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