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Bakong, Siem Reap

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The first of the mountain temples of Angkor, Bakong sits as an archetype of Khmer religious architecture, dedicated to the Hindu deity Shiva. Built in 881 CE, the ancient sandstone remnant was once a grand house of worship in the Rolous group of temples. Encounter its historical significance with a walk around its expansive grounds, crossing two defence moats to the five-step pyramid, said to represent the sacred Mount Meru. Look to the north-east tower of the central sanctuary for some of the best-preserved Khmer architecture. You'll have to pay for admission at the archaeological park’s entrance. Using our international travel planner, Siem Reap attractions like Bakong can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • A medium sized building compared to other, but very pretty, tall, from where one has a beautiful view from up there. Also has a Temple beside which has beautiful paintings that are being restored.
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  • The oldest temple in the Rolous group (879 AD), and the first of the temple mountain layout. I found it a particularly intriguing temple 
  • We have relatively fewer visitors and could not find any bodies, so that slowly. Visitors are all working hard to climb up to the top, were resting in the shade of the tower. This means that is in ruins for taking less reflected on the photos if you take photos as it resting on the north side, probably the main gate on the South side from the original people less fit people, so have no photos. In other words it about Angkor Wat and Bayon, who many location too, how do I take it reflected people. I'm avoiding those who took, Oh, I like looking at pictures of other people, etc. and are struggling as it is.
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  • This temple resembles the exact structure of the temples in India when we compare the stairs. Each step is made of a single piece of rock long and wide. It is a Sivan temple. There are sandstone structures around which I assume is later addition when Vishnu worship came in. If you have been to all the temples in Siem Reap, especially the Angkor Thom area, you can find two different distinctions. All the black rock temples belongs to Siva which was built earlier and the all the red sand stone temples belongs to Vishnu which were either built later or were converted into one from Sivan temple. This is nice temple to visit during sunset.
  • Built at 881by king Indravarman to dedicate to Hindu God Siva who was the overlord of the world, Bakong Temple followed Prah Ko style representing Mount Meru. Building in the mainland of Southeast Asia, this temple-mountain architecture showcases about the power of the Kingdom. Bakong temple had been built mostly with sandstone.
  • A great temple to start with in the Siem Reap area. Make sure you have 3 days at least!
  • A good view from the top. Each of the stairs is a single piece of stone which is impressive and unusual.
  • Oldest one of the temples in siem reap. Nice sunset and sunrise