Banteay Srei
Banteay Srei
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Banteay Srei or Banteay Srey is a 10th-century Cambodian temple dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. Located in the area of Angkor, it lies near the hill of Phnom Dei, 25 km north-east of the main group of temples that once belonged to the medieval capitals of Yasodharapura and Angkor Thom.
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  • Dave F
    Taipei, Taiwan191 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best temple in Siem Reap
    HOLY COW!!! This was, by far, my favorite temple that we visited in Siem Reap. To me this was so much better than Angkor Wat and only slightly better than Bayon Temple. Most people don't visit this temple because it is about a 40 minute drive away from Siem Reap. THAT IS A MISTAKE!!! Make sure you visit this temple!!!!
    Visited July 2023
    Written 2 August 2023
  • Apapan M
    Bangkok, Thailand366 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The most instagramable in cambodia
    The most beautiful temple in cambodia. I arranged private car to the temple for 100 usd. It’s worth the value. I dropped my entrance ticket there and the officers gave back to me. I visited sooo many temple in cambodia but this is my most fav so far. Dont miss the exhibition hall. Its provided informative interesting details of the temple.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 August 2023
  • Rachel K
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Grand circuit, Banteay Srei Temple. Pure magic.
    Wow. This was a really special day. We went on a private tour with informative and compassionate guide, Bunnak. My 11 year old son and I were in awe of the splendor, beauty and history of this magical land. Bunnak was fantastic, sharing his country's beautiful and complicated history with us. His warmth, knowledge and kindness were evident throughout our day. Don't miss this experience!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 September 2023
  • midway42
    Georgia3,375 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The jewel in the crown of Angkorian art.
    Dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva, this tenth century temple is the only one I visited that was not consecrated by a king. Rather, its construction is credited to a Braham (probably named Yajnavaraha) who served as a tutor to Jayavarman V. It is noteworthy in many ways, chief among those that it is carved from a type of red sandstone that can be manipulated like wood. The building was subject to further reconstruction later in the Angkor Empire and fell into disuse probably sometime in the fourteenth century. It was rediscovered in the 20th century and became the first temple to be restored with a technique (anastylosis) that follows the original architectural elements as closely as possible. I visited after a forty minute drive from Siem Reap at the end of my second day of touring the local temples. The footprint of the temple complex is small, I can’t quote any exact numbers but you won’t be intimidated by the size. A tour here is therefore fairly straightforward, and after entering through the causeway via the East Gate, we admired the East Gopura before entering the inner courtyard and second entrance tower. The second and then first enclosures were visited somewhat simultaneously with more attention paid to the sanctuaries and shrines. We left via the West Gopura and Gate, walking around the grounds and listening to a group of instrumentalists before departing. Total time on site was 90 minutes. Overall, along with Angkor Wat and Preah Vihear this was a highlight of my time during my two weeks in Cambodia. The reasoning here is equally definitive and simple: the artistry is literally second to none. I’m not even an aficionado of this type of experience and struggle somewhat to appreciate any ancient structure, but this building was an exception to the rule for me. Even as I write this almost eight weeks after the experience the images are indelible: the carving of Kala, the fight between Vali and Sugriva, and “just” the ornamental pediments were spectacular. My advice? If you have a single day in the area see Angkor Wat and maybe Ta Prohm and then make a trip here. Absolutely unforgettable.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 20 September 2023
  • Rakel Espina
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Visit to Banteay Srei
    Visiting Banteay Srei is like stepping into a fairytale! Everywhere you look, you can find Hindu motifs and delicate reliefs that are truly mesmerizing. It's no wonder this temple is considered one of the finest examples of classical Khmer art! So if you're looking for a real adventure, don't miss out on this one!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 November 2023
  • Wikumj
    Bromley, United Kingdom393 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the drive out
    30-40 minutes drive from the rest of the Angkor temples, this one is worth driving out to if you are in Angkor for 2 days or more. The red coloured stone and intricately detailed art style make it distinct from the other Angkor temples. If you are only in Angkor for 1 day then skip this and prioritise Angkor Wat, Bayon and Ta Prohm.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 December 2023
  • Esther K
    Sheffield, United Kingdom4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awe-Inspiring Beauty of Banteay Srei
    Banteay Srei is a breathtakingly beautiful temple complex in Cambodia. Its smooth surfaces, ornate engravings, beautiful symmetry, and exquisite sculptures make it a must-see for any traveler. Its intricate carvings and amazing architecture will leave you in awe. Truly a sight to behold!
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 December 2023
  • Meaveggie
    Yardley, Pennsylvania61 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Totally different from the others
    This women’s temple was a great last minute addition to the trip. Very well preserved carvings, different architecture from the main complex temples, beautiful green roofs growing, different iconography - not sure why it’s not included in more of the guide books that we looked at. Absolutely worth adding on to a trip out to Kbal Spean.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 December 2023
  • Ben
    London, United Kingdom4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ancient wonder
    This ancient temple complex is full of intricate patterns, delicate reliefs and spiritual significance that will leave you in awe. It's a must-see for anyone looking to explore the ancient culture of Cambodia. Highly recommended!
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 December 2023
  • Helen Carr
    Wilsons Promontory National Park, Australia26 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning small temple. Intricate carving.
    Excellent intricate carving. The jewel in the crown of the angkor temples. Well worth the long trip out of siem reap to visit. Although it is small; the beauty of the setting and the stone work make the trip well worth it. I recommend that you do not miss this temple. The quality of the information at the interpretive centre was the best of all of the sites.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 31 December 2023
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julia b
60 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
This is the women's citadel and it's absolutely incredible. To see it up close is really the only way to truly admire this 1000 year old treasure. the craftsmanship that was put into this small citadel is mind blowing! . The stone buildings are full of carvings all the way to the top of the lotus flower roofs. There are 4-5 spectacular guardian statues at the centre of the site fully intact and the archways are covered in carved flowers, mini statues and other animals. Should be a definite visit when coming to Angkor complex!
Written 8 February 2020
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Roland B
Zurich, Switzerland1,808 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
some 40km (25miles) from Siem Reap, this Hindu temple is not all too big, but has some amazing stone carving and figurines. lots of groups come here, so try to be before or after. there is not so much shadow in the temple. avoid the noon sun and heat therefore.
Written 14 January 2020
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Patrick Mclnyer
South Lake Tahoe, CA3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This is another beautifully preserved temple dating to around 967AD The Citadel of Women has intricate carvings that will take your breath away. The ruins are minature compared to Angkor Wat, but this little gem hidden in the jungle about 20 miles from Angkor, is worth the visit.

Go first thing in the morning before it is too hot and over run with other tourists. Take some water too. Good footware is helpful but there is minimal climbing here...so mobility constrained individuals will have an easier time of it. Love it!!
Written 4 December 2020
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JJ Antonio
Belgrade, Serbia34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Solo
Cambodia is synonymous with Angkor Wat, but if you have the time, take a side trip to Banteay Srei. Dubbed the "jewel of Khmer Art", the temple is built mostly of red sandstone, giving it a different appearance and feel to Angkor Wat, while exuding the same aura of beauty. Definitely worth a visit!
Written 9 January 2020
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Janandtheworld
Copenhagen, Denmark76 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
All of the Angkor temples we saw during our 3 day visit were stunning, and well worth a visit. But this one really stood out, and will be the one that stands out for a long, long time. The carvings are exquisite, and the whole atmosphere of the place is rather unique. Not to be missed.
Written 21 January 2020
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Perry H
San Diego, CA1,796 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
A very small but an absolutely gorgeous Temple. This is one of my all time favorites because of the high relief carving and amazing architecture and statues. This is a very good photography dream. Good for the whole family but some handicap restrictions.
Written 9 February 2020
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Tiffany T
61 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
This temple is unique in that it is built with pink sandstone and the carvings are extremely intricate and ornate. I think it is often overlooked, which is unfortunate, due to the location. I would rank this up with my favorite items during my time in Siem Reap.
Written 24 January 2020
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Franz K
Melbourne, Australia946 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
During my recent visit to Siem Reap I visited Banteay Srey for the second time. My first visit to this temple was 4 years ago. I like this temple because the carving are more detailed and the stone colour is pink, very different compared to all other temples in the Angkor National Park.
Written 21 January 2020
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Beth
Bristol, UK1,157 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Due to the pinkish materials used to make the bricks this is the nicest of temples. Also known as lady temple or pink temple. This was out last stop of the day and we were all very tired but this was one of the loveliest. Dress modestly, wear suncream and bring water!
Written 13 February 2020
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Tony M
Cornwall, England384 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
About 30 mins away from the main temple sites. Called temple of women as they believe the carvings were done by women as they are so finely detailed. You also get wonderful colours of the stone as well as shade of green. Well worth the visit.
Written 29 February 2020
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