Banteay Kdei

Banteay Kdei, Siem Reap

Banteay Kdei
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Historic Sites • Ancient Ruins • Points of Interest & Landmarks • Architectural Buildings
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LuizDutraNeto
Rio de Janeiro, RJ8,613 contributions
Jan. 2020
After visiting "Prasat Kravan", your next stop could probably be the neighboring "Banteay Kdei" - a Buddhist temple and monastery built, between the 12th and the 13th centuries, by the legendary Khmer King Jayavarman VII. It follows the characteristics of the "Angkor Wat" and "Bayon" architectural styles and is also known as the moated "Citadel of Monks' Cells", or as the "Citadel of Chambers". "Banteay Kdei" was built of soft sandstone and, due to sandstone's fragility, many of its galleries and structures collapsed down. As "Banteay Kdei" has never been restored, it allows visitors to really experience how it probably looked originally. "Banteay Kdei" is definitely a "jungle-temple" and will certainly pretty much remind you of nearby "Ta Prohm", one of the most iconic temples in the Angkor complex. Just opposite "Banteay Kdei", stands the large pool and terrace of "Srah Srang", the ancient "Royal Baths" of the Khmer Empire. Visit them all - "Prasat Kravan", "Banteay Kdei", "Srah Srang" and "Ta Prohm" - and remember, you are experiencing one of the most important archaeological complexes in the whole World. Absolutely unmissable! Enjoy
Written 31 October 2020
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skyisblu
Montreal, Canada2,538 contributions
Jan. 2020
If you are looking for that element of discovery and enchantment, and perhaps a little tranquility compared to the big draws in Angkor Wat, look no further than Banteay Kdei. Neighboring the very popular "Tomb Raider" temple, though a little less visited. It offers that element of novel discovery in full - slightly crumbling but still complete structures, plant life taking over but not destructively, and this temple, being further removed from central Angkor Wat, is less crowded, so we often had entire chambers and corridors to ourselves to scrutinize the impressive carvings. It is amazing how something so exposed to the elements could still retain so much detail.
The best photo opportunities are at the very back of the main temple - if you turn around and look back to where you came from, you will see all of the towers before you, frames by the forest, with several large trees growing up among the structure. Many people like to pose in front of the large white tree to the right - wait for the moment when they all have gone to get the best shot of the temple.

Outside, there are vendor stalls set up on the approach to the temples, women plying classic Angkor War souvenirs - t-shirts, elephant pants, tacky statuettes to name a few - but we were drawn to the ones selling fresh fruit. They deftly chop up the sweetest mangoes and toss the chunks into a bag, carve juicy pineapples so that no spots remain - it's really the best way to stay hydrated in the +30 degree C heat. And you can't beat the one dollar pricetag, either!
Written 20 May 2020
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chuckymustdie
623 contributions
Mar. 2020
We were here at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic and the place was deserted. There were 5 other tourists the whole time and we were so spread out, it felt like we had the place all to ourselves. I liked this temple complex. Interesting and photogenic. Some efforts have been made to restore it but on the whole, it has largely been left as it was found. It’s not a “must see” but if you have the time, it’s definitely worth the visit.
Written 16 April 2020
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Rune T
Lund, Sweden403 contributions
Feb. 2020 • Solo
This temple, constructed from late 12th to early 13th century, is a kind of smaller version of Ta Prohm. Both these temples were decided to be left as found by the French. This caused much work to prevent the djungle to destroy more of the temples.
If you have seen Ta Prohm and are running out of time then you can skip this temple. 😉
Written 15 February 2020
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OxfordTim
Oxford, UK636 contributions
Feb. 2020
We combined a visit to this site with a visit to Angkor Wat which is nearby.

One of my favourite temples, mainly because it is a lot quiter than the more popular sites.

However, it still involves a long walk,which was a problem for my partner who struggles walking long distances. There seems no provision for disabled visitors
Written 14 February 2020
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Perry H
San Diego, CA1,823 contributions
Feb. 2020 • Friends
A remote and off by itself little Temple. Has one tower and is very neglected but very pretty. Some very good pictures can be taken here .
Written 8 February 2020
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China141,853 contributions
Jan. 2020
Banteay Kdei is a 12th-century temple built around the same time as nearby Ta Prohm Temple, which was made famous by the movie Tomb Raider. Banteay Kdei is located just southeast of Ta Prohm and can be conveniently visited in 45-60 minutes depending on how much time you have available.

Temple structures within Banteay Kdei include quite a few nice bas-reliefs and apsaras (dancing girls) carvings. The ruins are a bit like a structured maze, which you to wander freely. We enjoyed exploring the various restoration efforts and sections left in ruins. In the grounds around the temple, we also found some nice guardian lion and naga structures. The multi-faced tower entrances, similar to those at Bayon were nice to see as well.

Note: We found it convenient to be dropped off at the western entrance by our tuk-tuk driver. We then entered and explored from west to east, exiting the temple complex by way of the eastern entrance, where we again met up with our tuk-tuk driver.

Note: If you finish your visit at the east entrance, you will also find yourself just across the road from the large man-made reservoir called Srah Srang from the western landing platform there. This is worth spending a few minutes to enjoy before departing the area.
Written 3 February 2020
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r0landbrunner
Zurich, Switzerland1,697 contributions
Jan. 2020
We loved large the Banteay Kdei compound not only for its temples, but also because it is much more quiet then the nearby Ta Prohn. Some renovation and restauration has been done, but it still is a lost temple, not overdone for tourists and not the site for all the selfie folks. not off the beaten track, but at its margins.
Written 13 January 2020
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Cartertravels15
Alton, UK192 contributions
Nov. 2019
Our first afternoon in Cambodia and we were taken to the very quiet Banteay Kdei temple.The vast blocks of stone give it great majesty..Our guide from about Asia tours gave us a very informative talk about its history.Whilst there we were asked by some students if we would take part in their survey.Happy to do so and we said perhaps a little information could be displayed somewhere to tell people this places history.The temple needs funding for continued rescue work.Flat shoes needed to climb up,around and over big stones but very enjoyable first outing.
Written 11 January 2020
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Bstir
Dubai, United Arab Emirates140 contributions
Jan. 2020 • Couples
Beautiful grounds and easily accessible! This temple is one of the best, without the crowds of the more famous.
Written 5 January 2020
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