Banteay Srei - Jim Wageman

Banteay Srei, dating from the second half of the 10th century and the reign of Rajendravarman, was not a royal temple, though it was built by a counselor to the king on land given to him by the king. Lying several miles to the north of Angkor, the temple has its own special qualities that set it apart somewhat from the other temples seen here. Its scale is smaller and more intimate than many of the other temples of Angkor, and its highly-detailed, deeply-sculpted bas reliefs, carved in pink sandstone, are among the finest to be found in any Khmer temple.