Banteay Prei

Attraction between Neak Pean and Preah Khan / North Eastern Angkor Area Published on: 13-11-2015

30 mins
05:00 AM - 06:00 PM
05:00 AM
05:30 AM
Second-time visit
Temple & Monument
20.15 - 0.00 USD

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Banteay Prei is a small Khmer temple located in the Angkor complex that is a good place for someone who wants to study Angkor deeply.

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Why Banteay Prei is special ?

Banteay Prei, sometimes spelt Banteay Prey, means "citadel of the jungle". The Khmer word "banteay" is often used in names of temples that seem to be fortified by outer galleries or simple enclosure walls. Banteay Prei’s location is not really a jungle any more, but at the border of the forested Archaeological Park to the surrounding farmland. Sometimes the meadow of the temple is used as pastureland for cattle.

Banteay Prei lies just to the north side of the Grand Circuit, roughly between Neak Pean and Ta Som, and for its peaceful wooded location and some interesting carvings it’s worth a quick peek if you’re passing by.

What to explore at Banteay Prei?

The structure is in a pretty ruinous state with stones collapsing around the doors, but it’s easy to make out what size the door once was and after a visit to a few Angkor temples before, its size will leave you puzzled. Like its neighbor, Banteay Prei was also built in the 12th century and also by great builder King Jayavarman VII. It features architectural/artistic style and scale similar to Ta Som. The temple has some Buddhist carvings on the lintels and some Apsaras on the corners but overall it’s a small, uncomplicated temple ruin that shouldn’t take more than 15 minutes to explore.


How to get to Banteay Prei?

Banteay Prei is located in the North Eastern Angkor Area of the Angkor Archaeological Park in Siem Reap, Cambodia on the road running between Preah Khan and Neak Pean, opposite of the main entrance of Preah Khan. Coming from the main entrance of Preah Khan just follow the road to Neak Pean, after a few meters turn left into a small road that leads to Prasat Prei followed by Banteay Prei.


Selling points

  • Small, quiet and beautiful
  • Nice place for Angkor enthusiasts
  • A peaceful place to learn more about Angkor
  • Good temple, great atmosphere
  • Beautiful temple with no crowds
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between Neak Pean and Preah Khan / North Eastern Angkor Area

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Tips for you

  • To get to Banteay Prei, you just have to try your luck with one of the dirt roads diverting from the Grand Circuit road towards the north
  • It has two enclosures, the outer of which is surrounded by a moat
    What to see
  • There is a pillar with a peg motif of unknown function in the southwestern part of the courtyard
    What to see
  • You need to have a hat and sunscreen as it can be very sunny and hot
    What to bring
  • Some water is also needed as you will feel thirsty and tired because of the sun.
    What to bring
  • if you can visit it before noon, you will have a chance to get nicely illuminated pictures
  • Banteay Prei Temple is a minor temple that will only be of interest to those with time and specific interest in studying Angkor indepth
  • Best time to visit is early morning or late afternoon.
  • You can visit the Neak Pean and Preah Khan nearby and other attractions in the Angkor complex.
    Things nearby
  • It's close to a beach resort, so you can stay there.
    Things nearby
  • Entrance fee is included in the Temple Pass.
    Ticket and Pricing


This is a small and insignificant temple, it’s often neglected by tourists. But it’s quiet and beautiful, just a hidden attraction. It will suit to those with time and strong interest in learning Angkor indepth. I make a short trip to this spot, just 15 mins, and it’s great.

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