"Banteay Samre" Angkor Wat Things to Do Tip by Blatherwick

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  Banteay Samre
by Blatherwick

One of my favorite temples in Angkor due to both its architecture and its relative seclusion from the hordes of tourists.

The name Samre refers to an ethnic group of mountain people, who inhabited the region at the base of Phnom Kulen and were probably related to the Khmers. No inscription has been found for this temple, but the style of most of the architecture is of the classic art of the middle period similar to Angkor Wat. The monument most likely dates from the same period.

A unique feature is an interior moat with laterite paving that has dried up. All of the buildings around the moat are on a raised base with horizontal mouldings, decorated in some areas with figures framed by lotus buds.

Directions: 400m east of the Eastern Baray. Follow the road to Banteay Srei until the village of Pradek and continue straight ahead on a dirt road.

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  • Written Apr 17, 2005
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