Banteay Prei

The work of a local ruler?

What we say: 2.5 stars

Banteay Prei lies just to the north side of the Grand Circuit, roughly between Neak Pean and Ta Som, and for its peaceful wooded location and some interesting carvings it’s worth a quick peek if you’re passing by.

Few have heard of Banteay Prei.

Few have heard of Banteay Prei.

A central sandstone-clad tower has interesting lintels, and there’s two secondary laterite shrines plus remnants of a surrounding wall. Towering trees rise out of the temple. Very few visit here so this is a great temple for avoiding the crowds.

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Not a soul in sight.

 

This is yet another Jayavarman VII era temple, though as with Banteay Thom this one would have been situated in the suburbs or surrounding villages of Angkor Thom and so may well have been the work of a local ruler.

Last updated: 31st January, 2015

About the author:
Caroline swapped the drizzle of Old Blighty for the dazzling sunshine of Siem Reap and she spends most weekends cycling the temple-studded terrain that she can call her backyard.
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