Banteay Srei

Located far from the main group of temples, Banteay Srei is one of the smallest sites at Angkor. Due to its beautiful carvings however it is extremely popular with tourists and considered a jewel of Khmer art. Built of fine grained rose-pink sandstone, the temple walls are elaborately decorated with floral motifs and epic Ramayana scenes.

Banteay Srei

History

Construction of Banteay Srei began in AD 967 AD. It is the only major temple at Angkor not commissioned by a king but by a brahmin named Yajnavaraha. The temple was primarily dedicated to the Hindu god Śiva. Banteay Srei, the modern name of the temple, means “Citadel of the Women” as the elaborate carvings are supposedly to fine for the hand of a man. Its original name, Tribhuvanamaheśvara, means the “great lord of the threefold world”.

Indra carving

Indra carving

Visit Banteay Srei

Banteay Srei is about 32 km (20 miles) from Siem Reap. It is well signposted and the road is surfaced all the way. A trip from Siem Reap should take about 45 minutes. An Angkor Wat pass is required to visit.