Banteay Kdei Temple is one of many temples in Angkor Temples in Sieam Reap. Banteay Kdei translates to “A citadel of Chambers” and is also known as a “Citadel of Monks”. Located in the southeast of Ta Prohm and not frequented by tourists as much as Ta Prohm or Angkor Wat but is definitely worth stopping by to check out this little gem.
You will also appreciate the peace and quiet as you wander around what is left of a gem build in the 12th century. Built in Bayon Architectural style so draws similar style and plan to that of Ta Prohm and Preah Khan and has been occupied by Monks right up until 1960s.
Banteay Kdei Temple In Siem Reap
Like many of the temples in Siem Reap they are under a restoration project to preserve these beautiful structures. There is a lot of history surrounding the temples and learning a little about some of the empires ruling the land adds to your visit of the temples. For example learning about the 13th century vandalism of Buddha images that can be seen on many of the Jayavarman VII temples, which are apparent on Banteay Kdei in Siem Reap.
Jayavarman VII was a king in the Khmer Empire which lasted from 802 to 1431. It was during this period that temple of grandeur were erected. During his reign was also a time when much of Cambodia was restored from ruins from previous battles. He became known as a “Great Builder” having been responsible for building many temples that we have come to love and flock to in Cambodia. Apparently, his work does not extend to that of Banteay Kdei, although style and inspiration was taken from Bayon, Prah Khan, Ta Prohm for which Jayavaraman was chief architect.
Banteay Kdei Temple In Cambodia’s Siem Reap
I have already said how I enjoyed my visit at Bayon Temple
. This temple is definitely second favourite out of all the temples I visit as, coupled with a much relaxed and less crowded temple it certainly added to an enjoyable experience of exploring Angkorian temples in Cambodia.