The unrestored ruins of Banteay Kdei, a Buddhist monastery complex, date back to 1181. This was one of the first structures built by the prolific King Jayavarman VII, and it features four gates, each adorned with a carved face of the king, much like at Bayon.
One of the first things you’ll notice upon visiting Banteay Kdei is the way its walls and structures lean precariously, some held up by ropes and cables. Unlike Banteay Srei, which was constructed from durable red sandstone, Banteay Kdei was made from softer gray sandstone that has eroded over time.
Just opposite the temple is the Sra Serang reservoir, a pleasant place to sit and enjoy a sunset.
While similar in style to Ta Prohm and Bayon, Banteay Kdei is much quieter, making it worthwhile even if you’re pressed for time.