If you thought the carvings in the main Angkor Wat temple is impressively detailed, wait until you see Banteay Srei.
Loosely translates to ‘Citadel of the Women’, the temple is called such because its reliefs are so delicate that they could only have been carved by a woman. Banteay Srei is the only major temple at Angkor that is not built for the kings, and hence it’s located quite far from the other temples. Banteay Srei is not a standard stop for most tour operators, but it is definitely worth the extra cost of getting there.
Banteay Srei is also probably the only Angkorian temple that was built mostly with pink and yellow sandstone, which gives it a very unique standout quality. Pink and yellow sandstone are very hard, which helps to explain why the carvings here are still in very good conditions, as compared to the carvings in Angkor Wat that have deteriorated with time and massive overtourism.
Every single inch of Banteay Srei is adorned with meticulously-crafted fine little details of leaf patterns and Hindu goddesses:
Banteay Srei is one of the highlights from my Cambodia experience. Many temples in Angkor starts to blend with each other after quite some time, but Banteay Srei remains a very memorable visit due to its distinctive quality. Certainly worth the extra time and cost needed to get there.
Have you ever been to Banteay Srei? What do you like the most about this temple?