Banteay Samre is an unusual combination of architectural excellence and Cambodian history. This Hindu temple stands out among Cambodia’s numerous amazing cultural monuments. Perhaps it’s because of the intriguing legends associated with it. Some of the statues and murals may have been inspired by the gorgeous architectural aspects or possibly a touch of Buddhism.
Bantey Samre Hindu temple, which takes its name from the Samre people, is located in the east part of Cambodia’s East Barray. The temple, which was established in the early 12th century and has been built under Yasovarman II and Suryawarman II, is still in good condition. Both kings were strong Hindu devotees, thus they dedicated this beautiful Banteay Samre temple to Vishnu, one of the three highest Hindu deities. Also, the single ogival tower immediately identifies Banteay Samre as being in the Angkor Wat style. Furthermore, all of the magnificent carvings on each temple wall, from the moment you enter the temple area until you leave, are extremely gorgeous and detailed.
This temple is located a little off the main road and surrounded by an enclosing wall. The temple appears to be majestic and awe-inspiring even in photographs. The temple may be viewed with its central tower striking sharply against the clear blue sky with a tapering, coned exterior that is quite overloaded with exquisite carvings and is visited by many tourists who travel to Siem Reap.
How to get to Banteay Samre?
Follow the route to the Banteay Srei to Preah Dak, where the Banteay Samre can be found. It is a good idea to go early in the morning. When the sun hasn’t yet risen, photography in a sparsely packed temple with soft light is very appealing.
A trip to Banteay Samre is often combined with a trip to Banteay Srei, about an hour north.
“You can take our jeep tour to explore the lovely scenery along the way. You’ll visit nearby villages as well as some of Cambodia’s most remote areas. During the rainy season, the whole place turns lush, making it a beautiful time to explore Banteay Samre.”