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“Jewel of Khmer Art”
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Banteay Srei
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Private Tour: Siem Reap Full Day Tour With Angkor Wat Banteay Srei Bayon Temple...
Ranked #7 of 182 things to do in Siem Reap
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: This 10th-century complex consists of low walls instead of the typical spires of Angkor.
Reviewed 6 August 2014

The temple lies quite far from the main Angkor Park. It takes about 45 minutes to an hour to reach here from Siem Reap. You will pass the landmine Museum on the way.
It is a small temple built largely from red sandstone. It is also of just one story, so there is no climbing involved. It was originally a Shiva temple, but both Shiva and Vishnu were worshipped.
Apart from the beauty, the temple is also famous as Andre Malreux tried to steal four statues from here and got caught.
From the parking spot, you have to walk nearly a kilometre to reach the temple proper. There are three enclosures, each decorated with carvings. The innermost enclosure contains 3 buildings - two libraries and the temple proper. For fear of vandalism, the area is roped off. So you can enter the inner enclosure but cannot enter the buildings.
But even then it is well worth it as this is perhaps the most richly decorated structure in Angkor. Every inch of the buildings are richly decorated with either nature motifs or from Hindu religion and myths.
There are six stairways leading up to the platform of the main temple; each is guarded by two kneeling statues of human figures with animal heads; most of those now in place are replicas, the originals were stolen stolen or removed to museums.

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Reviewed 5 August 2014

We went to banteay srei on the second day of our tour. The temple is quite far from the city center (about 45 min), and not nearly as large as the other temples in angkor wat. However, it is quite charming and the detail in the carvings is amazing. It is also the oldest temple in cambodia, dating back to the 9th century. Its definitely worth a visit.

Thank mroth14
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Reviewed 4 August 2014

a temple well worth visiting , away from the main temples but in a very pretty location and really interesting .

Thank rafael c
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Reviewed 3 August 2014

Fantastic temple complex - considerably smaller than Angkor Wat and the others but beautiful none the less and different due to the use of the pink sandstone in its construction.
Another must see when in the Siem Reap area.

Thank sweetville
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Reviewed 3 August 2014

Banteay srie it is very very nice temple ,Banteay srei temple it pink couler it is very nice . Banteay have alot of caving on the wall and in side it Banteay srei it far from siem reap town about 40km.

Thank Chang M
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