Banteay Srei Temple

Attraction Banteay Srey National Road No. 6a Siemréab Campuchia Published on: 13-11-2015

1 hours 30 mins
05:00 AM - 06:00 PM
07:00 AM
08:30 AM
First-time visit
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Must see
Kids
Architecture
Temple & Monument
20.00 USD

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Banteay Srei Temple is a magnificent temple built in the 10th century which famous for its unique and intricate architecture with many low walls

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Why Banteay Srei Temple is special ?

Banteay Srei or Banteay Srey (Khmer: ប្រាសាទបន្ទាយស្រី) is a 10th-century Cambodian temple dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. Located in the area of Angkor in Cambodia. It lies near the hill of Phnom Dei, 25 km (16 mi) north-east of the main group of temples that once belonged to the medieval capitals of Yasodharapura and Angkor Thom.[1] Banteay Srei is built largely of red sandstone, a medium that lends itself to the elaborate decorative wall carvings which are still observable today. The buildings themselves are miniature in scale, unusually so when measured by the standards of Angkorian construction. These factors have made the temple extremely popular with tourists, and have led to its being widely praised as a "precious gem", or the "jewel of Khmer art.


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What to explore at Banteay Srei Temple?

The Banteay Srei comprises of 4 enclosures containing a moat and several structures.

- Within the fourth enclosure (the most outer one) is a processional walkway leading to the main Eastern entrance. The walkway was lined by galleries on either side, of which most of the sandstone pillars are still standing. Both pediments and lintels on the galleries contain very finely carved ornamentations.

- The third enclosure consists of a wall, about 100 meters long that enclosed a moat, which is now dry. Across the moat is a causeway leading to the Eastern and Western entrance gopuras, that are guarded by lions

- The second enclosure that measures 38 by 42 meters is delimited by a wall with a gopura entrance on the East and West side. Along the wall are laterite rest galleries. The Eastern entrance door is just 1.08 meter high.

- The inner sanctuary contains three prasats set on a platform almost one meter high. A mandapa chamber precedes the central tower. The Banteay Srei is the first temple where a mandapa chamber was added to the sanctuary. The central tower measures almost 10 meters high, the others are slightly shorter. All three towers are decorated with dvarapala and devata images and contains small sanctuary chambers.

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How to get to Banteay Srei Temple?

Distance from Siem Reap to Banteay Srei is 37km (55 minutes by car, over an hour by Tuk Tuk and three hours and a half by bicycle). From Siem Reap, take Sivatha Road and continue until you reach the Angkor Wat Moat. Turn right, and continue past Srah Srang, turning right along the north edge of the reservoir, until you reach Pre Rup as the road turns North again. Turn right before the East Mebon towards Preah Dak village and then turn right again at the junction. Follow north and you will arrive to the point where the road splits into three lanes. Take the one on the left and follow it all the way to Banteay Srei which you will reach shortly after crossing a river.

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Selling points

  • The precious gem of Khmer art
  • Exquisite well-restored temple with great information centre
  • Best for sandstone carvings
  • Picturesque, stunning, fabulous
  • Unique experience at an exceptional temple
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Duration
3.0 days
Estimated
457.90 USD
Total travel distance
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Number of places
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Banteay Srey National Road No. 6a Siemréab Campuchia

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  • There are also lot's of clothing stalls nearby if you want to bring a gift.
    Shopping
  • The site is in a complex which is very tourist friendly and has a restaurant,rest room,souvenir shops and also a bird watching facility.
    Things to do
  • It's recommended going to the end near the parking lot first as there is an excellent interpretation area there as well which describes some of the lintel carvings you will see. You can aslo do some boating and fishing
    Things to do
  • It's necessary to bring along lots of water, hat as well as sunscreen. It's really hot.
    What to bring
  • There are lots of places to take memorable shots by movie cameras, so don't forget to bring a camera.
    Photography
  • Only trousers or long knee-length skirt are permitted
    What to wear
  • You should visit with a tour group or guide who can explain the finer details of the temple art inscriptions and handle travel logistics
    Experience
  • The temple's relatively small size, pink sandstone construction and ornate design give it a fairyland ambiance. The colors are best before 10:30 AM and after 2:00 PM
    Experience
  • You should get there before 8am to enjoy a serene unhurried exploration and pleasant temperatures. The best times to visit to avoid any tour buses are early morning or late afternoon
    Timming
  • You can combine a visit to Banteay Srei with other Siem Reap temples further afield.
    Things nearby
  • The entrance fee for Banteay Srei is included in the temple pass for the main Angkor complex. You cannot buy a separate ticket to visit just this temple
    Ticket and Pricing

Reviews

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A "Red" Temple. The style is uniquely difference here.

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From the unique and beautiful Banteay Srei, one might want to go on to Kbal Spean ( river of a thousand lingas)

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Also known as the ladies temple, this red temple is different from the others and deserves to be seen despite his distance from siem reap.

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Start your tour here, before 8am you will be alone, at 9am expect tourist bus No 20

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Самый интересный комплекс это бенг мелиа. Не отреставрирован и почти нет туристов. Лучшее, что я видела в ангкоре

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Known as the Lady Temple in modern times this temple was 'discovered' in 1914 by the French but our local guide said that the Cambodians had never lost it! The site is nearly 40km from Siem Reap but a very interesting drive through roadside villages. It is worth the extra effort but is quite small and will not take much more than an hour to explore. The carvings are amazing and the colour of the stone is different from the main Angkor sites being coloured pink through to red. Not so much walking required and there are good facilities and a shop at the entrance. If you have time don't miss it

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Angkor Wot has the overwhelming size, Banteay Srei has detail like no other. Definitely worth visiting. Welcome area is lovely, cleanish toilets, food & drinks available. The fresh pineapple and mango is cheap that locals are selling, don't bypass them. The guys selling guide books - go away!

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About a 30 minute drive from SR but well worth it in my opinion. The carvings are made on a unique blend of red sandstone, volcano rock and soapstone. Ancient Sanskrit writings and the structure of the temple tell a story of the 5 world - Hell, Earth, Water, God, and Heaven and the temple is built to reflect that . Beautiful for photography nuts and history buffs. And the lok lak (national specialty) at the temple restaurant outside the grounds is delicious so that's a plus!

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Tourist friendly. More organized and cleaner compared to the other temples.

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Known as the Lady Temple in modern times this temple was 'discovered' in 1914 by the French but our local guide said that the Cambodians had never lost it! The site is nearly 40km from Siem Reap but a very interesting drive through roadside villages. It is worth the extra effort but is quite small and will not take much more than an hour to explore. The carvings are amazing and the colour of the stone is different from the main Angkor sites being coloured pink through to red. Not so much walking required and there are good facilities and a shop at the entrance. If you have time don't miss it

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