Banteay Samre is on the way to Banteay Srei and shouldn't be missed if you're in the vicinity.
However, watch out for the road conditions especially in the rainy season as the road may have turned nto a unpassable mud path.
The temple is built by the same king who built the Angkor Wat and is dedicated to Hindu Gods.
If you visit Banteay Srei during the rainy season, you'd be glad to find the moat filled up and with beautiful lilies and aquatic plants in bloom.
After a walk through the temple, don't miss the chance for a good photo opportunity. From the main entrance of the temple (before the moat) turn left until you reach the corner of the outer walls. You can see the reflection of the temple in the moat with fuschia lilies in the foreground.
Tilt your head a little and you'll be rewarded with beautiful carvings on the top of the arches leading into the temple and around the interior.
As Banteay Srei is a Hindu temple, the carvings tell of Hindu mythical creatures, Gods and the Ramayana story. It's probably a good thing to have a guide point them out or get a good guidebook, to appreciate the finer details of the carvings.
The special pink sandstone temple is a good reason for putting up with the long, maybe somewhat uncomfortable ride from town.
Look out for all the rust brown apsaras and decorations, a refreshing change from the grey of most of the temples.
Built in early 10th century by King Harshavarman I in Bakheng – Koh Ker style.
5 brick towers in unusual single row. Inside the towers,decorated with unique brick bas-reliefs ; Central tower with the Vishnu on Garuda and Vishnu crossing the ocean (or so called Narai Tri Vikrom), North tower with Lakshmi and attendants.
Built in middle of 10th century by King Rajendravarman, in Pre Rup style.
On the time I visited it was on renovation.
5 brick towers on multi-tiers. The Central tower is the biggest and standing as principal tower. If you have a chance to the summit, don’t forget to see the lintel with Indra god on a single headed of Airavata (which is so special ,almost Airavata represented with 3 heads.) . It ‘s on the East door of Southeast tower.
Built in 2nd half of 10th century by King Rajendravarman in Banteay Srei style.
Almost was built in pink sandstone in miniature propotions .And the style of carving are so unique and beautiful as the style of Banteay Srei .For history , it was not a royal temple but built by one of King ‘s counsellors named Yajnavaraha. His activities known by the inscription which still found in the sanctuary.
Must see things:
-The East pediment of the South library depicted about Ramayana episode in scene , Ravana shaking mount Kailasa.
-Devi bas-relief on the South sanctuary wall.
-The East pediment of the North library depicted about Ramayana episode in scene , fire in the Khandava forest.
Built in late 12th century by King Jayavarman VII in Bayon style.
A very unique temple in island style . The Central tower located on the island have a statue of Lokesvara on the South side of tower. In the West side of pond have a statue of horse Balaha. Each side of the square pond are housed fountain heads ,there ‘re ; East – man head, West – horse head, North – elephant head and South – lion head.
Built in first half of 12th century by King Suryavarman II in Angkor Wat style.
A compact sanctuary with Angkor Wat style ,but the functions are different.
The must see things:
- The East pediment of West gopura appeared Sun and Moon god in roundels reliefs.
-Asura and buffalo relief on a pilaster of Central tower
Banteay Srai's construction began in 967 and the temple is dedicated to the Hindu deity Shiva.
It supposedly served as a women's temple or convent (?) during a time of warfare when lots of the men were away from the area. Hence its name which translates to "Citadel of the Women". At least that is the legendary explanations I have read.
Another version, apparently confirmed by an inscription found on site, is that it was commissioned by a Brahmin (rather than a king) who was a tutor of Kind Jayavarman V.
Its possible use or dedication by women may also explain the harmonious and more human dimensions as well as the delicate ornaments so unique in the Angkor Wat area. Male builders in Angkor were more megalomanic...
It is worth spending lots of time marvelling at the artistic carvings like the one on the picture (see also intro pix)
I believe, however, that the grander carving pannels on the site are no longer the originals: After having been initially abducted by a French adventurer by the name of Malraux - who ironically was later named cultural minister by General de Gaulle - in the early days of colonial Angkor Wat rediscovery, they were subsequently returned to the site but were, much later, - so I read somewhere - replaced by replica and the original taken to a museum. Maybe for the better, and they still look amazing.
The relatively small inside of the compound could only be visited in part due to restauration works. There are several small sanctuariey of similar shape and style, all abundantly decorated with stone carvings, especially above the entrances. The decorative themes are taken from hinduistic mythology, especially the Ramayana legend.
Kbal Spean located about 47 Km from Siem Reap . From the foot hill must trek about about 2 Km. Into the forest .
The sculptures here presumed to be built in the reign of King Udayadittayavaraman II in early 9th century ,the ancinet khmer people believed that the water which ran throught sculpture ?s a holy water . It was for making holy water in Brahmin ritual , for royal ritual , for people merit ,for curing the disease ,etc??
On the bed of the river and also some parts of the bank, there?re a numorous lingas , some pictures depicted the scences of Vishanu reclining on the Naga , the 4 faces Brahma , the Trimurti with 3 gods : Siva Brahma & Vishnu houses in Prasart. Also there?s a waterfall where can enjoy swimming.
For visiting here should take about half a day . On the foot hill there?re some local restuarants which ?s not expensive.
The remnants of the moat allowed me to take a nice "mirror" picture of the south side of the temple.
Banteay Srei is a very small temple. There is a platform outside the north wall where you can a good view of the whole site. See also the videoclip.