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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  • Definitely in my top 3 temples of Siem Reap. Small but beautifully crafted. Different from all the other temples. Go for it  more »
  • if there is any temple after the major three that you must visit, it is this one. banteay srei is some 45 minutes from siem reap. so fewer crowds than the other famous temple. but i was pleasantly sup...  more »
  • After visiting the "better known" temples - Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom/Bayon, we had the privilege of spending spend time at Banteay Srei. The location is a little bit farther away, but it is well wor...  more »
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