Banteay Kdei

Little is known about this mysterious temple. It is presumed that Banteay Kdeiwas a Buddhist monastery as hundreds of Buddha statues have been excavated from the site. The temple was probably built in the 12th century, around the same time as Ta Prohm.

Banteay Kdei entrance

Banteay Kdei entrance

Known as ‘the citadel of cells’, its design is quite similar to Ta Prohm and Preah Khan, but less complex and smaller in scale. The temple area is enclosed by a large compound wall, 700 meter by 300 meter (2,300 x 980 ft), and has three main enclosures. Like Ta Prohm, it contains a Hall of Dancers, with 4 open courtyards. The inner enclosure contains library buildings to its north and south and also a central sanctuary.

Banteay Kdei

Like most of the temples built by Jayavarma VII, the Buddha images at Banteay Kdei were vandalized In the 13th century. After the collapse of the Khmer empire it remained neglected and covered with vegetation for centuries. Currently, the temple complex is undergoing renovation and as a result some locations have been cordoned off.