Banteay Kdei

Introduction to Banteay Kdei

Banteay Kdei, in the heart of Cambodia’s Angkor region, is a must-visit. This ancient Buddhist monastery dates back to the late 12th century. King Jayavarman VII built it. It’s less crowded than other Angkor temples. This makes it perfect for exploring in peace.

Historical Significance

Built as a Mahayana Buddhist monastery and university, Banteay Kdei means “A Citadel of Chambers”. It reflects the architectural style of the Bayon era. Its walls once housed monks, scholars, and artists. The site tells stories of Cambodia’s past.

What to See in Banteay Kdei

Banteay Kdei is known for its serene atmosphere and beautiful carvings. The temple’s entrances are guarded by giant smiling faces. Inside, intricate bas-reliefs and carvings depict Buddhist lore. The surrounding area, with its towering trees and overgrown ruins, adds to its charm.

The eastern pagoda has the same form as Bayon and has the four faces of Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva.

Banteay Kdei

After passing through the pagoda, you will pass through an approach with Naga railings and a plaza called Dancer’s Terrace. After that, there is a pylon, leading to the center of Banteay Kudi. A part of the photo below is missing because it was composed by connecting multiple photos.

Inside Banteay Kudi, there are also beautiful statues such as Devata.

There is also a stone statue of Garuda at the west gate of Banteay Kudi.

Visitor Tips

  • Best Time to Visit: Early morning or late afternoon for cooler temperatures and softer light for photos.
  • Getting There: Located near Siem Reap, accessible by tuk-tuk or bike.
  • What to Bring: Water, sunscreen, and a hat for protection from the sun.

Nearby Attractions

After exploring Banteay Kdei, visit nearby Ta Prohm and Angkor Wat. Both offer unique insights into Cambodia’s ancient civilization.


This temple is a part of the small circuit. So find the tours that visit the small circuit. Check them from here.



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