Banteay Kdei is a mysterious temple. There is no record of why it was built or by whom because no marker stone with that information has ever been found.
The Banteay Kdei, one of the many Angkor temples, is located in the Angkor Archaeological Park of 400 square kilometres (150 sq mi) area. Banteay Kdei, meaning "A Citadel of Chambers", also known as "Citadel of Monks' cells", is a Buddhist temple in Angkor, Cambodia. It is located southeast of Ta Prohm and east of Angkor Thom.
Built in the mid-12th to early 13th centuries AD during the reign of Jayavarman VII, it is 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.
The entrance of Banteay Kdei
Contrast to other Angkor sites, the temple is peaceful and extremely refreshing without the crowds. It must be a very spiritual experience to enjoy the tranquility in your own space instead of elbowing your way through a crowd. You should begin a sunrise tour of Banteay Kdei while taking a visit to the Angkor Park because it is an ideal place to behold the sunrise over the ancient landscape.
Banteay Kdei Temple
Located more than 10km (approx. 6 miles) from Siem Reap, Banteay Kdei is easy to get by a 15-minute tuk-tuk journey. Alternatively, bicycle is the second best choice as the site is on a flat ground which makes reasonable to tour on bicycle from city center.
The temple opens from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm but you can enter to the inside since early morning and leave after sunset.