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Banteay Srey

Date of Construction:
Late 10th century C.E.
Religious Affiliation:
Hinduism
Patron or King:
Rajendravarman
Artistic/Archeo. Style:
Banteay Srey
Location:
AAP - Outside the main Park area. 37 kms north of Siem Reap
Duration of Visit:
45 minutes 1-1/2 hours
Time to Visit:
Photography Notes:
Many of the carvings are roped off. Bring a telephoto lens and tripod for carvings.
Position:
13d35'56N  103d57'46E

Banteay Srey loosely translates to ‘citadel of the women,’ but this is a modern appellation that probably refers to the delicate beauty of the carvings. This temple was discovered by French archaeologists comparatively late in their research, not until in 1914. Banteay Srey was built at a time when the Khmer Empire was gaining significant power and territory, constructed by a Brahmin counselor under a powerful king, Rajendravarman, and later under Jayavarman V. The temple displays some of the finest examples of classical Khmer art - the walls densely covered with some of the most beautiful, deep and intricate carvings of any Angkorian temple. 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. The temple area closes at 5:00 PM. Banteay Srey lies 38 km from Siem Reap, requiring extra travel time. Drivers usually charge a fee in addition to their normal daily charge for the trip. Banteay Srey is well worth the extra effort. Combine a visit to Banteay Srey with Banteay Samre..

 

 
 

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