The peaceful Banteay Samré of Angkor
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The peaceful Banteay Samré of Angkor

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A long way from the more popular Angkor sites, Banteay Samré receives only a handful of visitors a day, making a stroll inside the ruins a more enjoyable experience.

Like a miniature Angkor Wat, the central gopura dominates the cruciform arrangement of lesser towers and corridors. Without much inscriptions, the temple is thought to be built during the reign of Suryavarman II by a high ranking official in the 12 century AD.

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