Banteay Srei is a 10th-century Angkorian temple dedicated to Shiva, -one of the Hinduism Trimurti Gods-. which is located outskirt of Angkor main area. This beautiful temple which means literally ‘the Citadel of Woman’ in Khmer language, lies near Phnom Dei, around 25 km north-eastern of Angkor Archaeological Park.
The temple was built using red sandstone, a medium that lends itself to the elaborate decorative wall carvings which have been recognized widely as a precious gem of Khmer art. Its weathered beauty is still observable today.
Compared to the majestic Angkor Wat or other standard Angkorian temples, Banteay Srei is miniature in scale. Beside the size, the famous intricate decorations of the brick temple have made it extremely popular for tourists, especially the temple lovers.