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 stay 3 days on Siem Rep go see it, the tour of the temple is rather fast but it is particularly beautiful, a multitude of details, sculptures. An impressive state of conservation. Next door, a small exhibition on its history with interesting photos. (Free). It is possible to walk around the area and take a boat ride, just to spend a little more time on site.
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  • This is a must see temple, situated 1.5 hours drive from the Siem Reap. This beautiful temple is famous for its red sand stone. The best time to visit this temple is around noon or around sunset, this...  more »
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