Banteay Srei is one of extremely famous temples in Cambodia, built to worship Shiva- the Hindu god. This temple always hide a strange attraction for lovers of ancient. Visit the temple, visitors will have the opportunity to meet a new culture and admire the unique beauty of the architecture of this temple.
The temple was built in the late 10th century, also known as “Tribhuvanamahesvara”, situated in the area of Angkor in Cambodia. This temple is said to be a small-scale model of Angkor Wat, located in a vast and mysterious forest.
According to locals’ assessment, Banteay Srei Temple has 4 bests: the furthest temple from Siem Riep (35km), the temple that was built with the biggest amount of pink sandstone, the temple with the most sophisticated architecture among all the temples in Cambodia and the most small-scale temple modeled after Angkor Wat. Nowadays, Banteay Srei annually welcomes millions of domestic and international visitors to visit and explore the delicate architectural and engaging sculptural motifs here.
Banteay Srei – The Historical Witness
Banteay Srei, Banteay Srei or Tribhuvanamahesvara, the reason why this temple has many names is that it experienced lots of periods of time. Unlike other temples in Angkor, the name Banteay Srei means “the temple for women”.
A specialty of Banteay Srei is that it was started constructing in 967 AD, but until 12th century, it was sculpted and finished in the 14th century. Consequently, the value is that the temple bears the characteristics of each period.
The temple is a masterpieces of the sculpture on laterite and pink sandstone with ingenious and minutely bas-reliefs in every single detail.
Banteay Srei is appreciated with the aesthetic and cultural values of the statues and sculptural motifs. Bringing the style of Brahmans religion, the temple owns the statues of lions, Buddhist monks, gods with an extremely qualified sculpture at that time.
Despite being one of many temples in Cambodia– the country which is too famous for Angkor Wat, I think you should not skip it when traveling here. Banteay Srei will definitely not leave you disappointed!