"Banteay Srai - Citadel of the Women" Top 5 Page for this destination Phumi Banteay Srei Things to Do Tip by CyrilHH

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  View of the entrance to the inner compound
by CyrilHH

Banteay Srai's construction began in 967 and the temple is dedicated to the Hindu deity Shiva.

It supposedly served as a women's temple or convent (?) during a time of warfare when lots of the men were away from the area. Hence its name which translates to "Citadel of the Women". At least that is the legendary explanations I have read.

Another version, apparently confirmed by an inscription found on site, is that it was commissioned by a Brahmin (rather than a king) who was a tutor of Kind Jayavarman V.

Its possible use or dedication by women may also explain the harmonious and more human dimensions as well as the delicate ornaments so unique in the Angkor Wat area. Male builders in Angkor were more megalomanic...

Address: 20 km NE of Angkor Wat, 30 km from Siem Reab
Directions: There is well repaired road leading to the temple. On the way u pass through a pleasant village and lots of rice fields. U also pass some other sites.

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Feb 7, 2004
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