Angkor Temple Complex - Banteay Kdei Temple

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History of Banteay Kdey, general information

Banteay Kday

Banteay Kdei translated from Khmer means "citadel of cells" and is a Buddhist the temple complex. It is part of the structure of the huge the city of Angkor.

The construction was carried out under King Jayavarman VII (Jayavarman VII) from the middle of the XII to the beginning of the XIII century, presumably on the site of the temple that had already existed since the X century. The clearing of the complex was started in the 20s of the XIX century, and despite this, up to 1960, a small group of monks lived here. To date, Banteay Kdey is not in the best condition, largely due to the use of bad sandstone during construction. Everywhere you can see wooden beams, which support various parts of the collapsing building.

Orientation in the temple, tips for inspection

Banteay Kday

Vantei Kdei Temple is located 4 km southeast of the complex Angkor Thom, and 1.5 km from Ta Prohm. (See Banteay Kday on the map of Angkor

You can get to the temple territory from the east and from the west, but the best option is to start the inspection from the west side and go to the east to the artificial pool Srah Srang.

Vantey Kdei is worth a visit, because in many ways it resembles Ta Prom (there are only no trees), and because of the threat of destruction, some details can no longer be found. Therefore, you need to be doubly careful when passing near the installed props.

It is recommended to allocate 1-1.5 hours for the inspection of the Banteay Kdei. Do not count on a large number of tourists, as they do not carry "package packages" here.

On inspection, pay attention to the eastern gopura of the first (outer) level, it has preserved the face of Avalokiteshvara, and at the corners there are statues of garudas. The terraces leading to the temple with statues of nagas and lions are well preserved. On the pillars in the "hall of dancers" there are many images of apsaras. Inside the main sanctuary, there is a statue of Buddha.

Vendors of souvenirs and paintings can be found at the entrances to the complex.

Temple construction, architecture

The area of the Banteay Kdey complex is about 350,000 square meters.m. The temple itself has a single-tiered structure and three levels of fencing, which are walls that once closed the perimeter with four gopuras on each side and four towers at the corners.

On the eastern side, between the first (outer) and second line of walls, there are two structures: one to the north (the purpose is not known) and the second, including many columns with images of apsaras, was called the "Hall of Dancers". In the eastern part of the central sanctuary to the north and south, the destroyed buildings of two libraries are observed. Through covered galleries, the walls of the third level were connected to the central temple.

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