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Banteay Kdei

Angkor, Cambodia

Temple of the Monks

The Buddhist temple of Banteay Kdei, constructed in the mid-12th century, is located within the Angkor Archaeological Park of Cambodia. It was built during the reign of Khmer emperor Jayavarman VII in the classic Bayon architectural style, known for its towers adorned with enormous carved faces. Banteay Kdei served as a center of learning and worship for Mahayana Buddhist monks. At its peak, it housed over 1000 monks within its four concentric walls. The temple's name means "Citadel of Chambers" in Khmer, referring to the monks' cells and library rooms that once filled its many structures. Artistic engravings found on the weathered walls remain remarkably well preserved, providing insights into the legends and beliefs that shaped Cambodia's Angkor Era.

While partially damaged and looted over time, Banteay Kdei's impressive layout and detailed stonework still reflect the temple's former grandeur. Although it receives fewer visitors than Angkor Wat, this mystical site transports one back to the Angkor Empire and its rich Buddhist traditions. Wandering through Banteay Kdei's halls provides a glimpse into Cambodia's 12th century culture and architecture. This historic temple continues to educate and fascinate visitors today.


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Banteay Kdei is located in the greater Angkor complex, 3 km east of Angkor Thom and just across from the Srah Srang Reservoir.


Built in the mid-12th century during reign of Jayavarman VII


Served as a Mahayana Buddhist monastery and center of learning, housing over 1000 monks at its peak


Stands in partial ruin after suffering damage over the centuries, but in our opinion stands as one of the most atmospheric in all of Angkor.


Banteay Kdei

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