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Why Banteay Kdei Temple is special ?
Sprawling, largely unrestored, monastic complex in much the same style as Ta Prohm. It was originally constructed over the site of an earlier temple, and functioned as a Buddhist monastery under Jayavarman VII. As with other works of Jayavarman VII's era, it is a tightly packed architectural muddle, which like Bayon, suffered from several changes in the plans at the time of construction. It was also built using an inferior grade of sandstone and using poor construction techniques, leading to much of the deterioration visible today. The foundation stele of the temple has not been found so there is no record of to whom it is dedicated. The 13th century vandalism of Buddha images that is seen on many Jayavarman VII temples is quite apparent on Banteay Kdei.
What to explore at Banteay Kdei Temple?
The central tower is linked to the inner gallery where there are eight more towers, enclosing four courtyards. All nine towers are standing upright.
Another gallery, measuring 80 m by 60 m, frames this group, enclosing six more courtyards. The best view to this ensemble is from the west. The Hall of Dancers precedes the east face of the second gallery. Nearby are the ruins of a pillared building, probably it was a rice granary, same as in Preah Khan.
The ensemble is enclosed by a laterite wall, open to the east and the west by gate pavilions. In the East Gate we find a beautiful Buddha statue of a later age. In front of the East Gate is a magnificent terrace.
How to get to Banteay Kdei Temple?
From Siem Reap, take the road to Angkor Wat. Turn right at Angkor Wat’s moat. You will see Banteay Kdei on your left, across from the man-made water reservoir Srah Srang.
- Gorgeous temple with unique carving
- Cool dungeon temple, Buddhist sanctuary
- Back in time wild temple
- A quiet, spread out, peaceful monastery
- Very beautiful, appealing and tranquil
Banteay Kdei Temple, Siemriep Cambodia
Tips for you
Is a MUST visit, amazing!
Another of my favourite temples, dating from the 12th century and situated opposite the Sras Sreng Reservoir.Through the entrance gate and a pleasant shady walk up to the temple walking through several doorways. Take time to walk around the outside where through the branches one can glimpse the bright green water.The reservoir was relatively full although one tried to imagine the thousands of workers who must have taken ages to excavate it.
This is my favoutite temple in the Angkort area. It is much quieter than others but has a little bit of everything. It's big but has charm. It has trees growing over parts like TaProhm and destroyed parts and pristine parts and everything in between. The best bit is when you get the the far end and turn around and you have walked through a tree growing over the exit. very cool.
The first stop today was sprawling temple complex of Banteay Kdei. I spent a good half an hour walking clockwise around the 700m x 500m sq outer wall before entering the temple enclosure. Out here I’m all alone, with the shading forest dropping great brown leaves on my left and the remnants of an enormous ancient temple to my right. At the centre of each wall are imposing four faced towers. At the west gate there are half a dozen women and children. “You want cold drink mister, something to eat?” The smallest are really shy until I give them of a bit of bread and jam, then their smiling and laughing with the rest of them.
Another of my favourite temples, dating from the 12th century and situated opposite the Sras Sreng Reservoir. Through the entrance gate and a pleasant shady walk up to the temple walking through several doorways. Take time to walk around the outside where through the branches one can glimpse the bright green water. The reservoir was relatively full although one tried to imagine the thousands of workers
Is a MUST visit, amazing!