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March 24, 2012

Banteay Kdei - Sra Srang


The Banteay Kdei literally means "the Citadel of Chamber” or “Citadel of Monks’cells”. It is a Buddhist temple built by Jayavarman VII around 1185 on the site of Angkor. The Banteay Kdei is located 2 km east of Angkor Thom, southeast of Ta Prohm and south of the East Baray. Immediately east of Banteay Kdei is the Srah Srang, the royal bath.

 

 

This monument has had a turbulent history, its construction has certainly used earlier materials, then underwent numerous alterations and destruction after the death of Jayavarman VII.

The Banteay Kdei was built 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 Buddhist monastic complex is currently dilapidated due to faulty construction and poor quality of sandstone used in its buildings, and is now undergoing renovation. Banteay Kdei had been occupied by monks at various intervals over the centuries till 1960s.

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