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


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.

Approaching the entrance to Banteay Srei

Built largely of red sandstone, Banteay Srei has been called the "jewel of Khmer art"

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

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.

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.

The entrance to Banteay Samre

The buildings in the central section of Banteay Samre

The phallic symbol is seen in many of the Khmer temples

A broad view of the interior of the temple area

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

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.

Entrance to East Mebon

East Mebon temple is crowned by five towers

Wooden supports keep part of East Mebon from falling down

The upper level of East Mebon temple

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

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