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Banteay Chhamar

Mysterious Khmer Temple Ruins in Northern Cambodia

Banteay Chhamar is an ancient temple that is about 3 hours' drive north-west from Siem Reap. The ancient Khmer temple complex consists of about 9 temples and makes for a day trip full of discovery. The area is very lightly touristed.

The Buddhist temple was built under the reign of King Jayavarman VII between the late 12th century and early 13th century during his monumental building programme. It was dedicated to his son who died in battle fighting the Cham. You can see Khmer and Cham battle scenes in the temple's many bas-reliefs.

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Banteay Chhamar is a large monastic complex in forest overgrowth and has had only some minor restoration. It has an abundance of exceedingly well-preserved bas-reliefs, and the face towers and temple-in-jungle atmosphere make it a photographer’s delight.

The site is about 70 km north of Sisophon in the Banteay Meanchey province near the border with Thailand. To visit Banteay Chhamar from Siem Reap, it will take a whole day for the round trip. You can also consider making a round trip from Battambang for a slightly shorter route.

Banteay Chhamar

  • Location: Thma Puok District, Banteay Meanchey, Cambodia
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