Banteay Srei, Siem Reap

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A jem of Khmer art, Banteay Srei is known for its delicate carvings and three-dimensional reliefs of devatas (divine nymphs), which earned the temple the modern name "citadel of the women." Originally dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva, the temple is tiny compared to typical Angkorian edifices. It was founded in the 10th century by two of the king's counselors, making it the only major Angkorian temple not commissioned by a king. Notice the lavish decorations on the library pediments depicting scenes from the ancient Indian epic Ramayana. Due to pilferage and vandalism, some of the original statues and carvings were moved to a museum by the end of the 20th century; all of the mythical guardians are copies. Using our custom trip planner, Siem Reap attractions like Banteay Srei can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • The temple is relatively small when compare to other temple. But the stone carving of this place is perfect and worth a trip.  more »
  • It is about an hour's drive from the center of Siem Reap. There is an elaborate sculpture on the red sandstone wall, and the sculpture remains splendidly well. It is a small temple, but it is called the Gem of Angkor, it is a beautiful temple. There is a famous goddess statue called the Mona Lisa of the East.
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