Banteay Srei, Angkor Wat

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    Banteay Srei

    by dfactor Updated Jul 22, 2005

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    Inner enclosure of Banteay Srei

    At more than 30km from Siem Reap, you will need a little more than an hour to get to Banteay Srei on tuk tuk. By much more faster in car and coach of course. The bumpy and dusty roads to Banteay Srei can make the ride on tuk tuk rather unpleasant.
    I was caught by surprise with the size of Banteay Srei, you can practically look at the back of the temple from the main entrance. But the great thing about this temple is its lavishly decorated fine carvings almost all over the temple. They look so delicate and they are more than 1000 years old. Well, they don't call Banteay Srei the "Jewel of Khmer Art" for no reason. I have to second it.
    Not to be missed by every visitor to Siem Reap.

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    The Citadel of the women

    by King_Golo Updated Oct 21, 2008

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    Carvings in Banteay Srei

    Banteay Srei is supposed to be Angkor's temple with the most extraordinary carvings. This is certainly true, as there are marvellously carved pictures of mythic creatures as well as humans. It is said that only women could have done this due to their smoother hands... :-) Well, I couldn't do it, so this must be true, too!
    Banteay Srei's drawback are the hordes of tourists visiting it. Furthermore, when I was there parts of the complex were off limits to visitors. And last but not least it's 30km away from Angkor's main sights - on Cambodian roads, this equals a daytrip! Still, it's worth going there - usually in combination with the Roluos temples.

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    Banteay Srei

    by iwys Updated Jan 4, 2009

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    Banteay Srei is a beautiful temple complex, north-east of Angkor, founded by the king's chief Brahman advisor, Yajnavaraha in 967AD. This is known from an inscription at the site.

    Banteay Srei was rediscovered by French archaeologists in the twentieth century.
    Its remote location meant that tourists used to get shot and robbed here. An American woman and her guide were killed here in 1995. But, don't worry: nowadays it is perfectly safe and very much on the Japanese package tourist trail. So much so, that it is difficult to take a picture of the ruins without getting a group of tourists in front of them. After about twenty minutes waiting, I finally succeeeded.

    The temple complex itself is very small, so it doesn't take anywhere near as much time to walk around as most of the other Angkor sites do.

    The temple is surrounded by a moat, still filled with water, so you enter through a triumphal caseway over the moat. Inside there are three tower shrines, made of red sandstone, the tallest of which is 10 metres high. The temple doorways are protected by carved heads of Kala, a demon who ate his own body.

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    The Most Ornate Temple

    by Jmill42 Written Mar 18, 2004

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    Amazing clarity

    Banteay Srei is located about 5 kilometers north of Angkor Wat. It is worth every cent you have to get here. But, don't be under the impression that some massive temple awaits; you will be disappointed. What is waiting is possibly the most ornate temple in all of Angkor. It has a red color to the rocks that comprise the walls, and the images that can be taken here are some of the best.

    Remember that the carving in this picture is over a 1000 years old!!

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    Banteay Srei's Best Reliefs

    by Jmill42 Written Mar 18, 2004

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    Banteay Srei Temple

    Unfortunately, Banteay Srei has part of its temples roped off because people could not keep their hands off the carvings. So, we can now only catch some of the best relief carvings from a distance. Even so, this temple really stands out from the others, not only from its red hue and small stature, but the beautiful surroundings as well.

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    by Etoile2B Written Oct 2, 2007

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    Located 38km outside of Siem Reap, this temple is still hotly on the tourist trail. Part of the charm of visiting these remote sites is the drive out through the Cambodian countryside and the small villages along the way. If you plan to visit Banteay Srey your driver will likely be expecting more money due to the distance, so be sure to settle on the price beforehand. Our driver suggested visiting this temple and the even further a field Kbal Spean as our itinerary for the third day of our visit to Angkor. Unfortunately he left us under the impression that his payment would be the same as the day before and it wasn’t until we reached Banteay Srey that he changed the rules on us. Thankfully, we were able to reach a mutually agreeable settlement and it didn’t ruin our day, but keep this in mind when you are making arrangements to visit these distant temples.

    Banteay Srey means something along the lines of “Citadel of the Women”. It was built in the late 10th Century for Rajendravarman. The temple is of Hindu origins. This gorgeous red sandstone temple is known for it’s ornate and pristine carvings. The temple is currently undergoing restorations but the majority of the temple is still easily accessible. Despite it’s remote location, Banteay Srey is very popular, even in the morning. We arrived relatively early, not sunrise early, but in the morning and even then busses crammed with tourists were arriving alongside us. Regardless we still were able to see the entire site and didn’t feel overwhelmed by the crowds like at Angkor Wat. There are plenty of food stalls and souvenir stands across the way from the temple and public bathroom facilities are a slight walk down the road.

    Our trip out to these remote sites was one of the highlights of our trip!

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    Banteay Srei Temple

    by SirRichard Written Sep 15, 2003

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    A general view of Banteay Srei

    This little temple 30 kms north of Angkor complex is one of the most charming and captivating ones.
    Compared to those in Angkor, this seems a private temple, of very small proportions. One of its attractives are the delicate impressive carvings on the walls, some of them are really miniatures of an incredible detail!!
    The surrounding is nice too...

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    Bantaey Srei

    by schurman23 Updated Oct 15, 2011

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    Almost near the foot of Kulen Mountains, Bantaey Srei stands with its mix pink sandtone and wood temples with exquisite decorative carvings which have miniature resemblance of other Angkor Temples. These decorations represents its name which translates to Citadel of Women/Beauty. These wonderful pieces of architecture was not a royal temple, but was built by one of the King's counselors.

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    "Citadel of the Women"

    by savitha Updated Mar 19, 2005

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    Bantrey Srei is a bit further than the other temples but it is certainly worth a visit...

    To me, this temple was most unique with its extraordinary carvings and mythological narratives. Built by Rajendravarman, this temple is certainly a beauty made out of pink sandstone. There are many inscriptions on door frames which I'll never be able to decipher, but it was truly unique to me...

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    Banteay Srei

    by pmarshuk Updated Dec 16, 2003

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    About 25 km to the north of the main Angkor site is the temple of Banteay Srei, also known as the Citadel of the Women. Originally built in 967, it was dedicated to Brahma.
    This was one of my favourite temples in all Angkor, the carvings in the sandstone are superbly done and make this definitely worth the journey. The road to Banteay Srei is now surfaced all the way so the journey is quite an easy one.

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    Banteay Srei

    by lenoreva Written Apr 17, 2003

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    Banteay Srei false door

    Banteay Srei is like a fairytale palace for midgets! Everything is built on a much smaller scale here.

    About 16 km north of the main circuit, Banteay Srei is still very much on the beaten path due to its impressive basreliefs and false doors.

    Your motodop will probably want more money to take you here, sometimes even demanding $5 extra. You can definitly get this down to $2-3 though.

    It is a pretty crowded site because it is so small, and a lot of areas are roped off, but it really is a must see!

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    Another impressive temple

    by muratkorman Written Sep 13, 2008

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    The walls and doorways of this beautiful temple have so much to capture your attention. Although the size of this temple is small, the artistic details make it become one of the most popular temples in this area. Banteay Srey is also called woman temple and the only disadvantage is its location: It is 32km north of Siem Reap.

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    Banteay Srei

    by 34N118W Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Entrance to Banteay Srei

    Banteay Srei is popular for its sculpture. It's been inaccessible for a long time due to the Khmer Rouge and bandit activity. Security is under control now, and it's appears safe to go out there, even on your own.
    It can be difficult to get a nice photograph of the temple because of hordes of visitors from tour buses. You might try visiting early in the morning or late in the afternoon. It's about an 1 1/2 hour drive from Siem Riep, so give yourself enough time to get back before dark if you're on your own.

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    Banteay Srei, Citadel Of The Women

    by kidfree Written Sep 25, 2006

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    Entrance, Banteay Srei
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    Although a little further away from the main Angkor temples Banteay Srei is more than worth the extra miles. A small temple by comparison it is never the less excellently preserved and the carvings in the walls are really deep in the pink sandstone that is best seen in the early morning light. Being small it can seem crowded and it may be best to combine a visit with a trip to Kbal Spean or even beng Mealea.

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    Intricate carvings

    by Willettsworld Written Apr 27, 2010

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    Located some 25km (15 miles) north-east of the main group of temples at Angkor, Banteay Srei is known for the intricacy of its carvings. Instead of the carving being done into a plaster coating normally layered onto the stone, the temple was faced with pink sandstone and the carvings done into that. The results are breathtaking.

    The temple is dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva and the carvings display mythical creatures and Hindu stories and legends. The best carvings are found on the two libraries where the pediments display Shiva seated on the summit of Mount Kailasa, the ten-headed demon king Ravana, and the god of the sky Indra creating rain to put out a forest fire.

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