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Banteay Srey Temple

Banteay Srei is about 32km northeast of Siem Reap and 21km northeast of Bayon.
 
The enchanting temple of Banteay Srei is nearly everyone's favorite site. The special charm of this temple lies in its remarkable state of preservation, small size and excellence of decoration. Banteay Srei is a 'precious gem' and a 'jewel in Khmer art'. It was by a Brahmin of royal descent who was spiritual teacher to Jayavarman V. A special feature of the exquisite decoration was the use of a hard pink sandstone (quartz arenite) where enabled the 'technique of sandalwood carving with even an Indian scent to it'.