A photo tour of Banteay Srei, Banteay Samre and East Mebon – Angkor temples further afield

Banteay Srei at Angkor in Cambodia
Looking through the trees to the entrance of Banteay Srei

These three temples are further afield from Siem Reap than most of the others. Built in the 10th century, Banteay Srei and East Mebon are two of the oldest temples at Angkor.

Banteay Srei

This is one of the most popular temples to visit even though it’s about an hour tuk tuk ride from Siem Reap. It was built in the late 10th century as a Hindu temple under the reign of Rajendravarman. It was constructed mainly with red sandstone, hence the red color of the buildings. The many decorative wall coverings and the buildings being miniature in size when compared to Angkorian standards are a couple of reasons why this temple is referred to as the “jewel of Khmer art”. Plan two hours driving time (roundtrip) when using tuk tuk and another 45 minutes to an hour for your visit.

Banteay Srei at Angkor in Cambodia

Looking through the trees to the entrance of Banteay Srei

Banteay Srei at Angkor in Cambodia

Approaching the entrance to Banteay Srei

Banteay Srei at Angkor in Cambodia

Built largely of red sandstone, Banteay Srei has been called the “jewel of Khmer art”.

Banteay Srei at Angkor in Cambodia

Many of the buildings are miniature in scale which makes them popular with tourists

Banteay Srei at Angkor in Cambodia

With relatively few visitors at many times, Banteay Srei is a nice, well-restored temple to walk through. Note there are many souvenir sellers set up before the entrance.

Banteay Srei at Angkor in Cambodia

There are intricate designs and figures throughout Banteay Srei

Banteay Samre

Banteay Samre was built in the 12th century as a Hindu temple in the Angkor Wat style. It’s a few miles east of the main Angkor temples of the Grand Tour Circuit. This is a good temple to visit when heading to see Banteay Srei. Plan 30 to 45 minutes for your visit.

Banteay Samre at Angkor in Cambodia

The entrance to Banteay Samre

Banteay Samre at Angkor in Cambodia

The buildings in the central section of Banteay Samre

Banteay Samre at Angkor in Cambodia

The phallic symbol is seen in many of the Khmer temples

Banteay Samre at Angkor in Cambodia

A broad view of the interior of the temple area

Banteay Samre at Angkor in Cambodia

Inside one of the buildings, the morning sun shines on a coffin-like object

Banteay Samre at Angkor in Cambodia

Some of the buildings at Banteay Samre

Banteay Samre at Angkor in Cambodia

Some of the buildings at Banteay Samre

East Mebon

Built in the late 10th century, East Mebon is the first temple built after the Khmer capital returned to Angkor after temporarily in Koh Ker. It stands on what was an artificial island at the center of the now dry East Baray reservoir. It was dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. Plan 30 to 40 minutes for your visit.

East Mebon temple at Angkor in Cambodia

Entrance to East Mebon

East Mebon temple at Angkor in Cambodia

A doorway still exists at the top of the stairs at East Mebon

East Mebon temple at Angkor in Cambodia

East Mebon temple is crowned by five towers

East Mebon temple at Angkor in Cambodia

East Mebon is the first temple built after the Khmer capital was returned to Angkor

East Mebon temple at Angkor in Cambodia

Wooden supports keep part of East Mebon from falling down

East Mebon temple at Angkor in Cambodia

The upper level of East Mebon temple

East Mebon at Angkor in Cambodia

There are a number of doorways, with fascinating designs, at East Mebon

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