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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  • To see once in his life. We are the second time. Near Siem Reap. The city is worth hanging out for several days.
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  • This temple is about 45 minutes by tuk-tuk out of the city center or 20 minutes by car. We chose the tuk-tuk as we enjoy the sights and sounds and smells. It’s wise to have a mask or a scarf as it can...  more »
  • Also called the Citadel of Women, this temple with stones earthy is a real gem not to be missed! Rather small, its sculptures very well preserved are of all beauty by their great finesse. The surrounding trees bring freshness
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