Banteay Srei

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Banteay Srei Angkor Reviews

FoxyFauz FoxyFauz
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Most intricate temple carving in Siem Reap Apr 22, 2015
We began our journey of 3-day temple touring with Banteay Srei which is located in the area of Angkor. Bantey Srei which means Citadel of Women was built as a dedication to the Hindu god Shiva during the 10th century. This temple which consists of many small buildings are comparably small if you were to compare it to Angkor Wat. The reason could be due the fact that this was the only major temple at Angkor that was not built by the King but by a Counsellor to King Rajendravarman II. The whole temple ground consists of 2 rectangular enclosures constructed on an east-west axis and a moat.

The thing that will strike you most about this temple is that its built largely of red sandstone. The elaborate carvings or bas reliefs on the walls which are quite intricate can still be seen today. Therefore there are some resemblances between the some of the carvings found here such as mystical creatures which can be found in the temples in Bali which are also dedicated to god Siva. Basically, no wall was spared – every available surface was carved depicting stories of the Hindu gods and women.

Due to the beauty of the carvings, this temple was subjected to art theft and therefore definitely worth a visit.
among the defaced statues
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Vipin Vipin
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Unique Mar 23, 2010
Banteay Srei was constructed in the tenth century as a place dedicated to the worship of the Hindu god Shiva. Apart from being amongst the oldest temples in Angkor, if not the oldest, it is strange to note that this was built under the guidance of King Rajendravarman’s courtier. All the other temples were built by one of the Khmer kings.

Although the temple is a little out of the way from the main area of Angkor, it’s well worth the visit. As it’s mainly constructed from red sandstone, the colour makes it unique in comparison to the other Angkor Wat temples and the stone was obviously easier to work with as the temple has so many highly-detailed carvings. Though the temple is much smaller than the other ones, I really think that the carvings and colour of the temple make it a very worthy visit.
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