Banteay Srei
Banteay Srei
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Banteay Srei or Banteay Srey is a 10th-century Cambodian temple dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. Located in the area of Angkor, it lies near the hill of Phnom Dei, 25 km north-east of the main group of temples that once belonged to the medieval capitals of Yasodharapura and Angkor Thom.
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  • helenandpaul13
    Worcester, United Kingdom1,637 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning
    Stopped here on the final leg of an organised trip to see the temples. There is a car park on the edge and from the park you follow the path on the right down through the trees to the temple ruins. There is a statue in the middle where we stopped and the guide gave us a detailed explanation of the history, which is all part of the Angkor Wat complex. Beautiful
    Visited March 2023
    Written 19 March 2023
  • Hand 🖐
    Ulverstone, Australia17 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Peaceful and beautiful
    Banteay Srei is a sight to behold! The sandstone material is intricately carved with vivid colors and vibrant hues, making it a stunning example of Khmer art. The elaborate decorations are a testament to the craftsmanship of the era, making it a must-see for any traveler.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 April 2023
  • wstokes1965
    Sydney, Australia1,073 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth the extra time to get there
    It’s about 25 kilometres outside Siam Rep and well worth the visit. Much smaller than other temples although very beautiful (and a lot less tourists). Probably only need about 45 minutes.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 6 April 2023
  • Buena
    Bundaberg, Australia6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Banteay Srei is truly a sight to behold!
    From its beautiful symmetry to its detailed ornamentation, this temple is a stunning example of symmetrical design. I was blown away by the intricate carvings and sculptures that adorn the walls and pillars. The attention to detail is remarkable, and the temple is a perfect representation of the Khmer culture. Every corner of the temple is breathtaking, and the atmosphere is truly magical. If you ever find yourself in Cambodia, then a visit to Banteay Srei is a must!
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 April 2023
  • Dave F
    Taipei, Taiwan170 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best temple in Siem Reap
    HOLY COW!!! This was, by far, my favorite temple that we visited in Siem Reap. To me this was so much better than Angkor Wat and only slightly better than Bayon Temple. Most people don't visit this temple because it is about a 40 minute drive away from Siem Reap. THAT IS A MISTAKE!!! Make sure you visit this temple!!!!
    Visited July 2023
    Written 2 August 2023
  • Apapan M
    Bangkok, Thailand36 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The most instagramable in cambodia
    The most beautiful temple in cambodia. I arranged private car to the temple for 100 usd. It’s worth the value. I dropped my entrance ticket there and the officers gave back to me. I visited sooo many temple in cambodia but this is my most fav so far. Dont miss the exhibition hall. Its provided informative interesting details of the temple.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 August 2023
  • Rachel K
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Grand circuit, Banteay Srei Temple. Pure magic.
    Wow. This was a really special day. We went on a private tour with informative and compassionate guide, Bunnak. My 11 year old son and I were in awe of the splendor, beauty and history of this magical land. Bunnak was fantastic, sharing his country's beautiful and complicated history with us. His warmth, knowledge and kindness were evident throughout our day. Don't miss this experience!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 September 2023
  • midway42
    Georgia3,107 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The jewel in the crown of Angkorian art.
    Dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva, this tenth century temple is the only one I visited that was not consecrated by a king. Rather, its construction is credited to a Braham (probably named Yajnavaraha) who served as a tutor to Jayavarman V. It is noteworthy in many ways, chief among those that it is carved from a type of red sandstone that can be manipulated like wood. The building was subject to further reconstruction later in the Angkor Empire and fell into disuse probably sometime in the fourteenth century. It was rediscovered in the 20th century and became the first temple to be restored with a technique (anastylosis) that follows the original architectural elements as closely as possible. I visited after a forty minute drive from Siem Reap at the end of my second day of touring the local temples. The footprint of the temple complex is small, I can’t quote any exact numbers but you won’t be intimidated by the size. A tour here is therefore fairly straightforward, and after entering through the causeway via the East Gate, we admired the East Gopura before entering the inner courtyard and second entrance tower. The second and then first enclosures were visited somewhat simultaneously with more attention paid to the sanctuaries and shrines. We left via the West Gopura and Gate, walking around the grounds and listening to a group of instrumentalists before departing. Total time on site was 90 minutes. Overall, along with Angkor Wat and Preah Vihear this was a highlight of my time during my two weeks in Cambodia. The reasoning here is equally definitive and simple: the artistry is literally second to none. I’m not even an aficionado of this type of experience and struggle somewhat to appreciate any ancient structure, but this building was an exception to the rule for me. Even as I write this almost eight weeks after the experience the images are indelible: the carving of Kala, the fight between Vali and Sugriva, and “just” the ornamental pediments were spectacular. My advice? If you have a single day in the area see Angkor Wat and maybe Ta Prohm and then make a trip here. Absolutely unforgettable.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 20 September 2023
  • Rakel Espina
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Visit to Banteay Srei
    Visiting Banteay Srei is like stepping into a fairytale! Everywhere you look, you can find Hindu motifs and delicate reliefs that are truly mesmerizing. It's no wonder this temple is considered one of the finest examples of classical Khmer art! So if you're looking for a real adventure, don't miss out on this one!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 November 2023
  • Wikumj
    Bromley, United Kingdom317 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the drive out
    30-40 minutes drive from the rest of the Angkor temples, this one is worth driving out to if you are in Angkor for 2 days or more. The red coloured stone and intricately detailed art style make it distinct from the other Angkor temples. If you are only in Angkor for 1 day then skip this and prioritise Angkor Wat, Bayon and Ta Prohm.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 December 2023
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Siem Reap, Cambodia844 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
when you arrived in Siem reap Please don't forget spending your time around 1h visit Most beautiful temple is Banteay srie temple or women Palace temple .
Written 2 March 2024
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Fazal Mahmud Roni
Dhaka City, Bangladesh483 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
I found this small temple very spiritual. The calmness may lead you there too. This 10th century temple is formed for keeping balance among Brahma the creator, Vishnu the preserver, and Shiva the destroyer. This beauty is made on red sandstone. BTW Tickets required here.
Written 24 February 2024
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Wandis Etock
London, UK4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Delicate details and fine craftsmanship are a testament to the skill of the Khmer artisansThe ancient culture and spiritual atmosphere that surround the temple can be felt in every ornamental flourish and sacred symbolismThe temple's exotic beauty and intricate carvings will leave you astonished.
Written 14 February 2024
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DotsGirl2
Vancouver, Canada448 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
We found this temple seemed more restored then some of the others in Angor. The pink colour and carvings were very nice. The temple wasn’t crowded which made a nice change. This isn’t a must see Temple but if you want something less crowded and we’ll kept then visit here
Written 12 February 2024
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Steven Phich
Cambodia119 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Banteay Srei Temple: A Jewel of Angkor's Architectural Brilliance

Nestled in the Cambodian jungle, Banteay Srei Temple is a remarkable testament to the architectural genius of the ancient Khmer Empire. With its intricate carvings and vibrant pink sandstone, this temple is a true gem among the temples of Angkor. Dating back to the 10th century, it showcases the exquisite craftsmanship and attention to detail that characterized the Khmer Empire. Despite its smaller size, Banteay Srei's intricate carvings make it an architectural marvel. Step inside and be mesmerized by the delicate carvings that adorn its walls, still remarkably well-preserved. The pink sandstone adds elegance and uniqueness to the structure, while the carvings depict scenes from Hindu mythology. Banteay Srei Temple holds immense cultural and historical significance, providing valuable insights into the religious beliefs and mythologies of the Khmer Empire. Efforts to preserve and restore the temple have been made, ensuring that future generations can appreciate its beauty. Today, Banteay Srei attracts visitors from around the world who are captivated by its charm and historical importance. This temple is a must-visit destination for history enthusiasts and art lovers, transporting us back in time to marvel at the skill and dedication of the ancient artisans. Banteay Srei Temple truly is a jewel among Angkor's architectural wonders.
Written 11 February 2024
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HMKaren
Los Angeles, CA895 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
The red sandstone carvings make this temple really stand out. It not big, so it doesn't take very long, but it is beautiful and worth the time! This one was really flat, and it was easy to move around. It's included with the Angkor ticket, and it's close to lots of the other temples.
Written 11 February 2024
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Kush Rai
New Delhi, India8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Old temple with great carvings and inscription that date back to more than 900 years ago. This is outside the Angkor Temple complex and will take ~1 hour from Siem Reap to reach
Written 8 February 2024
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Talia
United, PA17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Walking through Banteay Srei is like stepping into a world of vibrant murals and symbolic imagery. The smooth surfaces and ornate engravings on the walls tell tales of sacred symbolism and elaborate decorations.
This temple's ancient history and spiritual significance make it an iconic status in Cambodia.
Written 24 January 2024
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Savon V
Siem Reap, Cambodia109 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
A great and amazing lady temple, I visited this temple with my family and my kids. It was a small temple but it was great. You must be visiting this temple if you are visiting Siem Reap.
Written 22 January 2024
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Shruti Pramod Reddy
Bengaluru, India42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Visited here on the morning of Dec-25,2023 and explored the ruins and also looked around the local shop stalls. A band of locals playing musical instruments nearby is soothing. Please try to tip them.
Written 5 January 2024
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