Large, comparatively flat temple displaying distinctively
Angkor Wat-style architecture and artistry. The temple underwent
extensive restoration this century by archaeologists using the
anastylosis method. Banteay Samre was constructed around the same time
as Angkor Wat. The style of the
towers and balustrades bear strong resemblance to the towers of
Angkor Wat and even more so to
Khmer temple of Phimai in Thailand. Many of the carvings are in
excellent condition. Banteay Samre is a bit off the Grand
Circuit, near the southeast corner of the East Baray. The trip
there is a nice little 3km road excursion through villages and paddies.
Combine a visit to Banteay Srey
with a stop at Banteay Samre on the way back.