Banteay Samre

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Banteay Samre is an ancient Hindu temple, situated amidst lush rice paddies and small villages. The temple was built in the 12th century during the reign of Kings Suryavarman II and Yasovarman II.

Banteay Samre, loosely translated means ‘The Citadel of the Samres’. Samre refers to the mountain people who used to live in the regions around the base of Phnom Kulen. Visitors to the temple particularly enjoy the intricate stone carvings presenting scenes from the Hindu epic ‘Ramayana’. Even the ‘gopuras’ or monumental gatehouse towers are filled with detailed carvings of Hindu mythological figures. Some travellers may notice the interesting architectural similarities with Angkor Wat.

The temple’s most unique feature is the interior moat which is paved with laterite and surrounded by statues. It must have looked splendid during its heydays when the moat was filled with water. Sunset lovers should consider visiting Banteay Samre during the evening. The view lined with hues of orange and red set against a backdrop of this stunning temple is simply mesmerizing.

Banteay Samre
Opening Hours

7.30am – 5.30pm

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