Banteay Samre Temple

Attraction Banteay Srei, Angkor, Siem Reap, Cambodia Published on: 13-11-2015

1 hour
05:00 AM - 06:00 PM
03:00 PM
04:00 PM
First-time visit
Attraction
Must see
Kids
Architecture
Temple & Monument
20.00 USD

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Banteay Samre Temple is a must see in Seem Reap where offers tourists the amazing classic architectural style, great history and nice surrounding.

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Why Banteay Samre Temple is special ?

Large, comparatively flat temple displaying distinctively Angkor Wat-style architecture and artistry. The temple underwent extensive restoration this century by archaeologists using the anastylosis method. Banteay Samre was constructed around the same time as Angkor Wat. The style of the towers and balustrades bear strong resemblance to the towers of Angkor Wat and even more so to Khmer temple of Phimai in Thailand. Many of the carvings are in excellent condition. Banteay Samre is a bit off the Grand Circuit, near the southeast corner of the East Baray. The trip there is a nice little 3km road excursion through villages and paddies. Combine a visit to Banteay Srey with a stop at Banteay Samre on the way back.


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What to explore at Banteay Samre Temple?

The Banteay Samre which is located about 500 meters East of the East baray was dedicated to the Hindu God Vishnu. The monument contains both Hindu and Buddhist depictions. The images of the Buddha were destroyed, probably around mid 13th century, when Jayavarman VIII came to power, who worshipped Shiva. From the Eastern entrance, a 200 meter long paved laterite walkway with a balustrade with mythological Nagas leads to the temple. On either side of the walkway is a pool. Before the Eastern gate is a terrace with lion statues, guarding the temple.

The second enclosure measuring 83 by 77 meters is surrounded by galleries, except on the East end where they probably were demolished at some point in time. At the end of each side are gopura entrance gates. The lintels and pediments on the gopuras of the second enclosure contain some very well preserved carvings

The inner sanctuary is set on a high platform topping the temple. It is surrounded by low galleries with a gopura gate at the center of each side. In the center of the platform is a single sanctuary tower opening to a mandapa to the East end. The central tower and the gopuras contain devatas, more scenes from the Ramayana epic as well as several depictions of the Buddha, that have been destroyed. Inside the mandapa is a stone tomb with a lid on it and a small drain at the bottom, which may have been used as a sarcophagus.

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How to get to Banteay Samre Temple?

Banteay Samre temple is located in the Eastern Baray 14 kilometers to the north east of Siem Reap, Cambodia in the Angkor Archaeological Park . Coming from the main park entrance take a right at the T-junction in front of the Angkor Wat moat and follow the Grand Circuit. Take another right at Srah Srang, after passing Pre Rup take another right at the East Mebon which means you will leave the Grand Circuit. Follow the street towards the village of Phum Pradak for about 4 km. The entrance of Banteay Samre Temple is to the right of the road.

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Selling points

  • Orange Stone Masterpiece of Art Work
  • Hidden gem
  • A respite from the crowds
  • Excellent temple - great condition
  • Good preserved and peaceful
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  • On either side of the sanctuary is a library building opening to a vestibule to the West. Both libraries contain depictions from the Ramayana epic.
    What to see
  • You should try to find a good version of the fable of the 'sweet-cucumber king' and read while sitting there in the shades.
    What to see
  • It's necessary to bring a hat and lots of sunscreen
    What to bring
  • You need to carry waters as you have to walk a lot and it's very hot
    What to bring
  • it is good place to take pictures, so a camera is a must thing to bring
    Photography
  • It's required to cover your knees and shoulder
    What to wear
  • You should wear comfortable shoes and clothes
    What to wear
  • if the temple entrance looks busy when you arrive, you should turn right instead of left and take the short circular walk around the small wetland nature reserve
    Experience
  • The path from the lake to the temple also takes you past a small raised platform that gives you a clear view over the temple’s outer walls.
    Experience
  • You should take a guide with you to appreciate the history and detail of this temple
    Experience
  • Early morning or late afternoon are the best times to visit
    Timming
  • Entrance fee is included in the Temple Pass.
    Ticket and Pricing
  • the only place you can buy one temple pass is at the main Apsara Authority ticket office on the road from Siem Reap to Angkor Wat which is not exactly the most direct route from town to Banteay Srei.
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  • 2 dollars is for VIP access to restriction area
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Reviews

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Peaceful and quiet temple. Not crowded with group tourists. Lovely.

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Коридоры и комнаты,переходящие друг в друга. В оконных просветах "каменные жалюзи"

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This is one of the best restored temples. Since it's a bit off the main circuit it is less crowded, so you can enjoy it almost to yourself (if you are lucky).

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I am glad the Banteay Samre was on our itinerary created for us by ZiZ Asia, Ltd. as we may not have found it on our own. Our wonderful and knowledgeable guide, Dy, with ICS Travel, constantly provided us with an abundance of fascinating history about each temple. The Banteay Samre temple was incredible.In comparison to our visit at Angkor Wat earlier that morning, the Banteay Samre almost felt secluded. I read that the Banteay Samre doesn't always make it to people's top list of temples to visit and isn't on the route of most tour buses. The temple was beautifully preserved and was described to us as being a miniature Angkor Wat. While it had similarities to the Angkor Wat Temple, it was smaller and more compact, but there were vast similarities between the architectural design and engravings. The Banteay Samre Temple had only one tower, instead of 5 like the famed Angkor Wat, and the Banteay Samre Temple had two libraries, instead of 6 like the Angkor Wat. The Banteay Samre had galleries and its' sole tower was in the shape of a lotus bud.Always, remember, that even though its scorching hot, while visiting temples to wear proper temple attires, which requires ladies shoulders to be covered as well as their knees. I wore pants to be safe. I wore lightweight clothes since the temperatures are hot!! I definitely recommend a guide because you learn so much more about each temple and truly makes you appreciate everything about the temples that you might overlook completely.

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Many people take the time to visit Banteay Srei for the fine sculpture, but I'm not sure how many see this one on the way there or back. It wasn't rated that highly in some of the guidebooks I read but I thought it was one of the better sites, especially once you exclude the top 4 or 5 obvious ones. It was very quiet, almost intact, and easy to gain an overall perspective of how it may have looked many centuries ago. One guidebook suggests entering from the east (rather than entering from the road) and this did seem to enhance the first impressions, plus you get to see causeway.

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I am glad the Banteay Samre was on our itinerary created for us by ZiZ Asia, Ltd. as we may not have found it on our own. Our wonderful and knowledgeable guide, Dy, with ICS Travel, constantly provided us with an abundance of fascinating history about each temple. The Banteay Samre temple was incredible. In comparison to our visit at Angkor Wat earlier that morning, the Banteay Samre almost felt secluded. I read that the Banteay Samre doesn't always make it to people's top list of temples to visit and isn't on the route of most tour buses. The temple was beautifully preserved and was described to us as being a miniature Angkor Wat. While it had similarities to the Angkor Wat Temple, it was smaller and more compact, but there were vast similarities between the architectural design and engravings. The Banteay Samre Temple had only one tower, instead of 5 like the famed Angkor Wat, and the Banteay Samre Temple had two libraries, instead of 6 like the Angkor Wat. The Banteay Samre had galleries and its' sole tower was in the shape of a lotus bud. Always, remember, that even though its scorching hot, while visiting temples to wear proper temple attires, which requires ladies shoulders to be covered as well as their knees. I wore pants to be safe. I wore lightweight clothes since the temperatures are hot!! I definitely recommend a guide because you learn so much more about each temple and truly makes you appreciate everything about the temples that you might overlook completely.

FourSquare View more

Peaceful and quiet temple. Not crowded with group tourists. Lovely

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