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Banteay Kdei (Khmer: ប្រាសាទបន្ទាយក្តី; Prasat Banteay Kdei), meaning "A Citadel of Chambers", also known as "Citadel of Monks' cells", is a Buddhist temple in Angkor, Cambodia. It is located southeast of Ta Prohm and east of Angkor Thom. Built in the mid-12th to early 13th centuries AD during the reign of Jayavarman VII (who was posthumously given the title "Maha paramasangata pada"), it is in the Bayon architectural style, similar in plan to Ta Prohm and Preah Khan, but less complex and smaller. Its structures are contained within two successive enclosure walls, and consist of two concentric galleries from which emerge towers, preceded to the east by a cloister.
This temple is one of the hidden gems of the Angkor complex. There are nearly no visitors as the masses rush to the 3 main attractions and so you can enjoy these beautiful buildings on your own. There is a shrine in use, a fantastic tree rooting over a wall and amazing reliefs on the lava and limestone wall. The temple is in a bad condition and many parts going on collapse though there are restoration works going on.
This was by far my favourite temple around Angkor. We went here right after sunset and had the place to ourselves. Its so untouched and the plants are totally taking over. I got an unofficial guide here for 1usd to show me some of the better places to take photos. Definitely make sure you come to this temple
Very quiet! Not too many people around, which is surprising, cause the temple is beautiful! The surrounding forest makes it even more misterious.
Loved this place. Dilapidated but that's actually cool!
This temple is not visited by large tour groups and therefore you can enjoy it leisurely. Definitely this should be add must visited temple list in Seam Reap.
Great place! Worth a visit. You will find giant trees here as well. Not many people visiting so it is pretty nice.
I don't know if it's because of the lack of large crowds, or the fact that the temple is surrounded by a thick forest, adding to the eeriness of the place, but this was definitely one of my favorites of the lot. Unrestored and untouched. A surreal experience.