Banteay Samre

Banteay Samre is another of the outlying temples located on the outskirts of the main archeological park. Although Banteay Samre is over 30 km (20 miles) from Angkor Wat, it is a fantastic destination for those who want to appreciate the architecture without the crowds. Banteay Samre was constructed in the middle of the 12th century under Suryavarman II, and the architecture is comparable to the temple of Angkor Wat. Notice the similarities in the flat temple design as well as in the nearly identically built towers and balustrades. The monument contains both Hindu and Buddhist depictions. The images of the Buddha were destroyed, probably around the mid 13th century, when Jayavarman VIII came to power, who worshipped Shiva.

Banteay Samre

Banteay Samre is named after the ancient mountain people known as the Samre, and Banteay is simply the Khmer word for a protected fortress or citadel.