Banteay Torp (pronounced Tor-op) Temple is a fascinating and interesting temple site.
Banteay Torp Temple is 55 km from the capital Sisophon and about 15 km from Banteay Chhmar.
It is assumed that the name means "Fort of the army". It was built in the same period as the Banteay Chhmar temple complex. It is believed that it was built as a tribute to the Khmer army for defeating the Cham army. This led to Khmer control over the region.
The temple was built at the end of the 12th and the beginning 13e century. The Buddhist religion prevailed and King Jayavarman VII commissioned the construction. It is built in the Bayon style. The great temple is very famous in the province of Banteay Meanchy.
The old temple of Banteay Torp is still not restored. The sprawling complex is completely under jungle vegetation. Look at the towers, temple in the jungle and extensive, are amazingly well preserved reliefs. They are the highlights.
It is located about 9 km south of Banteay Chhmar. You'll pass beautiful rice fields on the way to Banteay Torp. The special place is actually composed of three large (and very precarious looking) stone towers. You can also visit the recently completed pagoda with its beautiful murals. The trip to Banteay Torp takes you through small villages with picturesque rice fields. Banteay Torp is easily accessible by bicycle, motorcycle or kuyon.
The area is a very popular place to picnic.