Banteay Kdei

Banteay Kdei, Siem Reap

Banteay Kdei
Historic Sites • Ancient Ruins • Points of Interest & Landmarks • Architectural Buildings
5:00 AM - 6:00 PM
5:00 AM - 6:00 PM
5:00 AM - 6:00 PM
5:00 AM - 6:00 PM
5:00 AM - 6:00 PM
5:00 AM - 6:00 PM
5:00 AM - 6:00 PM
5:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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623 contributions
Mar 2020
We were here at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic and the place was deserted. There were 5 other tourists the whole time and we were so spread out, it felt like we had the place all to ourselves. I liked this temple complex. Interesting and photogenic. Some efforts have been made to restore it but on the whole, it has largely been left as it was found. It’s not a “must see” but if you have the time, it’s definitely worth the visit.
Written April 16, 2020
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Rune T
Lund, Sweden403 contributions
Feb 2020 • Solo
This temple, constructed from late 12th to early 13th century, is a kind of smaller version of Ta Prohm. Both these temples were decided to be left as found by the French. This caused much work to prevent the djungle to destroy more of the temples.
If you have seen Ta Prohm and are running out of time then you can skip this temple. 😉
Written February 15, 2020
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Alton, UK192 contributions
Nov 2019
Our first afternoon in Cambodia and we were taken to the very quiet Banteay Kdei temple.The vast blocks of stone give it great majesty..Our guide from about Asia tours gave us a very informative talk about its history.Whilst there we were asked by some students if we would take part in their survey.Happy to do so and we said perhaps a little information could be displayed somewhere to tell people this places history.The temple needs funding for continued rescue work.Flat shoes needed to climb up,around and over big stones but very enjoyable first outing.
Written January 11, 2020
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Oxford, UK636 contributions
Feb 2020
We combined a visit to this site with a visit to Angkor Wat which is nearby.

One of my favourite temples, mainly because it is a lot quiter than the more popular sites.

However, it still involves a long walk,which was a problem for my partner who struggles walking long distances. There seems no provision for disabled visitors
Written February 14, 2020
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Lucelyn Calizo
Philippines216 contributions
Jun 2016 • Friends
With a Face-Tower Arch Entrance and Thick Giant Walls all over the Area. Still an amazing one like the other temples. A must visit.
Written June 24, 2016
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Hong Kong, China142,031 contributions
Jan 2020
Banteay Kdei is a 12th-century temple built around the same time as nearby Ta Prohm Temple, which was made famous by the movie Tomb Raider. Banteay Kdei is located just southeast of Ta Prohm and can be conveniently visited in 45-60 minutes depending on how much time you have available.

Temple structures within Banteay Kdei include quite a few nice bas-reliefs and apsaras (dancing girls) carvings. The ruins are a bit like a structured maze, which you to wander freely. We enjoyed exploring the various restoration efforts and sections left in ruins. In the grounds around the temple, we also found some nice guardian lion and naga structures. The multi-faced tower entrances, similar to those at Bayon were nice to see as well.

Note: We found it convenient to be dropped off at the western entrance by our tuk-tuk driver. We then entered and explored from west to east, exiting the temple complex by way of the eastern entrance, where we again met up with our tuk-tuk driver.

Note: If you finish your visit at the east entrance, you will also find yourself just across the road from the large man-made reservoir called Srah Srang from the western landing platform there. This is worth spending a few minutes to enjoy before departing the area.
Written February 3, 2020
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Sydney, Australia7,389 contributions
Mar 2015 • Couples
Who built it? We don’t know. Why was it built? We don't know that either. This temple keeps its secrets well.

Anyway, the beautiful architecture is much more significant than the who and why.

The first thing I noticed was the large terrace to the east of the third enclosure edged by lions and naga balustrades.

Watch for the tympanum above the entrance to the east third gopura. The bas-relief is exquisite.

The huge open Hall of the Dancers with tall columns reminded me of temples in Egypt.

Different cultures sometimes are praising their gods similarly.

I loved the dancing Apsara figures, which I could see everywhere on the walls.

Try to find the temple’s second enclosure what is less decorated and more enclosed than the Hall of the Dancers, but you don’t feel yourself so insignificant as in the larger enclosure.

There is also an impressive southwest courtyard in the inner enclosure.

Don’t miss the central tower; it is richly, prettily decorated.
Don’t leave this temple to the end of your visiting day, since you can have the same fate, that we had. Running out of my strength after a long day, I wasn't able to fully enjoy it.
We definitely did not give it as much time as it deserved.
Written April 28, 2015
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Wellington, New Zealand1,325 contributions
Apr 2017 • Couples
Everything is beautiful there. When we were exploring, a guy told us where would be good for photos. Then he followed us and asked we needed a tour guide or not. He wasn't in any uniform. We told me No but he still followed us for over 10 minutes. It made me feeling uncomfortable and unsafe. Luckily he left at last.
Other than that, we enjoyed visiting this temple.
Written April 18, 2017
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Singapore, Singapore33 contributions
Dec 2016 • Couples
I like it here, the carvings were pretty, the place was quite big and you feel as though you are strolling through a park.
Written January 6, 2017
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Dan M
Tel Aviv, Israel14,460 contributions
Nov 2018
It is a beautiful Temple, yes, but may be one too many as it ended our 1st day tour and we were, I must confess...exhausted.

This was the ending of a long day with Angkor Wat, Bayon Temple, Baphuon, Ta Prohm Temple and many more, this one closing the day.

Many of us think Angkor Wat is just one Temple while actually the pictures we see of it are those of thousands of temples.
The Faces trying to escape the walls, they are not at Angkor Wat but at Bayon Temple.
The liquid trees and the hidden face inside a tree's trunk, neither are they at Angkor Wat but at Ta Prohm Temple (Tomb Raider 1st movie Temple).

To visit them the right way you must plan your days there to make the best of them.

We were 5 days in Siam Reap and have visited many of its Temples.
I am trying to review most of them and will as attach many relevant pictures as I can.

So I would recommend you adopt and purchase the daily tours proposed there.
There are 3 daily tours.
The 1st one is of course the most interesting as it includes the most impressive and famous Temples: as we like to say: Bucket List ones, like Bayon (my preferred with the faces in the walls), Angkor Wat and Ta Prohm among them.

Banteay Kdei, reviewed here is the last one of the day, but not at all at the same level of the other ones, so if you are tired, just skip it.

By the way don't underestimate the 3rd day in which is included the Roluos group and among them of my 3rd or 4th preffered one: Bakong Temple,
You might skip it because it unfortunately requires 1 hour tuktuk drive (less by car and with AC, while more expensive).

And as I have written in my other reviews, the choice of a tuktuk driver might be a difficult one.
We chose the driver suggested by our hotel and were absolutely happy with him.
He wasn't expensive, very flexible, ready to comply with any change of program, and of course supplied us with water and anything else we needed.
Here is the way to contact him:
His name is Saren kat, you can contact him by Facebook or his Telephone 092770304 (Send him my best)
Written October 19, 2019
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