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