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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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  • This building was probably used as a library, but nobody can say reliably. Interesting, worth a climb and photograph. Recommend!
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  • This exquisite temple is off the beaten path but should be seen because of its beautiful carvings and its pink color.  more »
  • this temple was very intact, it was also roped off to preserve the sculptures but totally worth the visit. Great photo opportunites  more »
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  • Small temple but it has the finest carving among all temples. Also, the stone is a bit pink in color making it also the nicest stone and it turn to gold colored under evening sun light. Another must see but it is a bit far from other temples in in small and grand circuit.
  • To my opinion one of the most impressive temples in the region. It is a bit further away then the others of Angkor Wat or Thom (about 30-60min drive) but you get rewarded by the beauty of it. It belongs to one of the oldest temple of Cambodia.
  • This temple literally means "Citadel of Women". It is around 30km from Siem Reap center. If you visit this temple in cooler-times of day, you are able to take stunning photos of the pink color temple. Banteay Srei temple was built by a brahmin of royal descent who was the spritual teacher of King Jayavarman V. This hindu was built to dedicate to Hindu God, Shiva, and French archeologists described it as a precious gem and jewel. The galleries of this temple contain very finely carving such as a scene from Indian Ramayana, one of the great Indian epics known as Mahabharata, and so on. Because of its spectacular and unique decoration, this small temple become the favorite and eye-catching temple for tourists.
  • A nice small temple known as “citadel of the women” and “jewel of Khmer art” with elaborate carvings and hordes of tourists, beggars, touts and vendors selling all sort of stuff (I even saw policemen selling Cambodian police badges and chevrons). The central part of the temple was closed for visitors.
  • Very intricate carvings and well maintained. We took an hour to tour the site.