Banteay Srei Temple

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Banteay Srei Temple Siem Reap Reviews

bhush2006 bhush2006
15 reviews
A memorable visit to Banteay Srei Temple, Siem Reap, Cambodia Mar 25, 2017
I visited Siem Reap during 2nd March to 7th March 2017 for TravBuddy meetup. Though the main temples like Angkor Wat, Ta Phrom, Bayon were on the main agenda, I got to know about this temple while browsing websites. It immediately caught my attention and I decided to visit here.

When I shared my plan to visit this temple with TB friends, few showed their willingness to join me. So finally we were 5 people who decided to visit it early morning. Suyee, Amy, Merlina, Digvijay and myself set out for an exciting tuktuk journey to this temple early in the morning around 530AM.

The journey through countryside in open tuktuk was very enjoyable. The temple lies around 40km from Siem Reap and it took almost an hour for us to reach there. When we reached there, we were surprised to see that there were no tourists at the temple at that time and so we explored the whole area leisurely.

As the history goes, Banteay Srei was designed by Yajnavaraha, a court official of King Rajendravarman and dates back 950AD. So its nearly 200 years older than Angkor wat. This temple was constructed using red sandstone instead of the laterite stone which is commonly used at various Angkor temples. As we entered temple premises, we saw an information centre and all the historical information about temple was clearly displayed on boards. The walls of the temple have very intricate carvings. The colours and the intricacies are breathtaking. It is a NOT TO BE MISSED when in Siem Reap.

The size of Banteay Srei is very small and it can become overcrowded when several large tour parties arrive together. So I suggest you to visit their early in the morning to avoid crowds and also since there is no shade it can become quite hot in afternoons. It costed us about 40 USD per tuktuk (visiting this temple PLUS a whole day tour of other Angkor Temples) which accommodates about 3-4 people.
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joehobo joehobo
144 reviews
Must see.. Mar 21, 2013
The number of ancient temples discovered in Siem Reap were so many that though I wished to see all of them I chose to visit the major temples in and around Angkor for a few days .A 60 USD pass provides you with any number of entries to any number of temples for a period of 6 days and that suited my pre planned stay at Siem Reap.To lend a word to those intending to visit Siem Reap this is the best option and any trip lesser than this could possibly make you rush your visit and impair the real feel of this wonderful town.

Bantaey Srei is one temple which is one of the oldest Dravidian style,red sandstone cluster of pagodas dedicated to the Hindu deity Siva which was said to have been built by a minister to the King. This site is ground level unlike the other tower like temple structures and may be because it was a simple temple for the minister and his family and people.The temple has a nice lotus tank or I should say a lotus pond on each side of the path to the temple,which had beautiful pink water lilies and I noticed many tourists clicking away at them.I did get some pictures too.

The sculptures may seem naughty to some but to them I wish to say that it is nothing but a depiction of a scene from the great Hindu Epic the Ramayana of Ravana King of Sri Lanka kidnapping Seetha the wife of Rama God incarnate as a King from Ayodhya in India.

The site in ruins is still maintained in an as is what it was condition and the dilapidatedness of the structures and site lends credibility to spark your imagination.

The site is in a complex which is very tourist friendly and has a restaurant,rest room,souvenir shops and also a bird watching facility.It may take you at least 2 hrs for a quick tour at the site and it takes you another hour one way to reach this site by Tuk tuk. It is a must see site in the map of Siem reap so don't ever skip or miss it.
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jethanad says:
:) thanks for the review !
Posted on: Mar 24, 2013
bigmac993 says:
Nice review Martin!
Posted on: Mar 22, 2013
spocklogic says:
Not a bad price considering access to a number of temples for a whole week. Certainly can get your money's worth with that.
Posted on: Mar 10, 2013
jordaniel jordaniel
1 reviews
Under estimated, small but intricate Nov 04, 2012
A bit out of the way but certainly worth a visit. So peaceful and not hords of tours and bus loads, just enough to create an atmosphere... The workmanship quite different to others even the sandstone used is very unique and gives off a pinkish colour. This temple was dedicaTd to women and has a moat filled with water lillies. The day i visited it was surreal a bery nice feel.. I was travelling solo and enjoyed this and ta prohm as the best temples out of the 8 i visited.
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mabby mabby
18 reviews
A temple worth visiting Jul 12, 2008
Not more than 20 kilometers north of Ankor, sits Banteay Srei. The name means 'The Citadel of Women" most likely because of the intricate carvings. Historians believe that the carvings here couldn't have possibly be done by a man but rather by women because of the detail and intricacy. Unlike the major sites of Ankor, Banteay Srei wasnt a royal temple but rather built by one of the kings counsellors. This temple small as it may be continues to surprise visitors because it clearly showcases the grandeur of Khmer Art.

I recommend visiting this temple whenever visiting to Ankor. Others would consider visiting it only when touring Ankor for a couple of days. I only had one and a half full days, yet didnt want to miss it. Your moto driver would most likely charge you more for going here, but in case you decide to go, i suggest you go right after you watch sunrise at Ankor Wat. (around 7-7:30 am). When I went, I was the first one to step in the grounds and i had the temple all to myself. When 8:30 came, tourists started to arrive. :)
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Jopin says:
Nicely done! And it's very helpful as I leave for SR in two days. :)
Posted on: Oct 26, 2009
sarahelaine says:
I hope I get time to see this when I go to Ankhor. :)
Posted on: Jul 10, 2009
X_Drive says:
Congrats on your first featured review!! :D
Posted on: Nov 01, 2008
Fio Fio
19 reviews
Jun 29, 2007
The majority of the ancient ruins around Siem Reap (commonly known as Angkor Wat, although that name actually refers to just one specific temple - the largest one) are impressive mostly because of their massive size and the sheer volume of temples within the complex. The temple of Banteay Srei has a different appeal than most of the other temples/ruins, but it was one of the more interesting to visit.

In comparison with Angkor Wat, the Bayon, and many of the other Angkor temples, it's tiny in size: the tallest of the middle towers is maybe 10 meters, and you can walk around the perimeter in 5 minutes. What makes the temple interesting in comparison with the others is the tremendous amount of intricate decorative carvings covering the surfaces of many of the building walls. There are floral designs, miniature buddhas, and demon heads everywhere, and most of them so well preserved that they could have been carved into the pink sandstone yesterday, not a millenium ago. 5 or 6 buildings in the central section are still pretty much intact, but unfortunately this area is now roped off. However, you can still get close enough to admire the architecture and carvings from a few meters away.

At about 30km NE of the main temple area, it's not so convenenient to get to, but the ride through the countryside offers a good glimpse of life in rural Cambodia, passing through rice paddies, tiny villages with dogs, cows and naked toddlers all wandering freely.

A ride on a motorbike from Siem Reap to the temple should cost $8-10, and a tuk-tuk should cost $12-15 (depending on your bargaining skills and how desperate for work your would-be driver is).

Apart from the general entry pass, no additional ticket is required.
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Adrian_Liston Adrian_L…
156 reviews
Aug 16, 2002
There are many temple complexes in the Siem Reap area built by the Angkor God-Kings in the 10th-12th century. The most famous is Angkor Wat, but my favourite was the tiny Banteay Srei.

Banteay Srei was built in 967 by Rajendravarman II and Jayavarman V. It is a Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva. This temple is very small by Angkor standards (~200m by ~100m compared to 1.5km by 1.3km for Angkor Wat), but is exceptional in the amazing amount of extremely intricate carvings carved into the red sandstone. Its construction is credited to a courtier named Yajnyavahara, who served as a counsellor to Rajendravarman. The foundation stela says that Yajnyavahara was a scholar and philanthropist.
milltownmeadow says:
Well done congrats on the feature,I love this place I never go to Cambodia without taking a trip to Angkor Wat there is so much to see there.
Posted on: Nov 01, 2008

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