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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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  • Include the Roulos group in the same trip out to Beng Melea. Bakong is not the most impressive terraced or pyramid style temple, but it is certainly my favourite. It somehow manages to be at once impr...  more »
  • This place was built before Angkor Watt, I enjoyed it, probably takes less than an hour to visit both temples, Certainly a lot less visitors here, and its nice to see where the inspiration for Angkor ...  more »
  • Probably not for the faint hearted as the steeps are quite big at the bottom and the stairways are quite steep. Like most of the temples a lot of the items/statues that were here have been removed/sto...  more »
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  • The ruins group of Roluos. It damaged by rain , heat , our foot stamped for long time. Some lacked parts had been repaired , but disappointed to different from original shape. 2016-07
  • Beautiful temple, located in the middle of holy lake on top of artificially built holy mountain. In order to get to the holy mountain, you need to cross the naga bridge (nagas are serpent guardians of Khmer temples). You will not be able to drive all the way to the temple, rather you'll have to do a short walk - bring some water with you, it can be really hot and you will not be able to get back to your car quickly to grab it, while there is no shop selling water within temple ruins. The path to the temple is pretty romantic, having you walk through nice trees and flowers towards the magnificent temple site, pretty similar to the Borobudur temple in Java. Not much of wall carvings still remains, but guardian animals placed around the terraces of the stepped pyramid temple are still recognizable and really beautiful.
  • The Roluos group of temples maybe out of the way but it is definitely worth the trouble to visit them, especially Bakong Temple and Preah Ko. Bakong is bigger than Preah ko and is a temple mountain. There are several tiers and it is pretty rundown making the stairs a challenge to climb. As with most temple mountain, the view of the surrounding greenery is pleasant and calming. There is not much crowd, making it a wonderful place to rest and enjoy the serenity.
  • Guides are very strict about the closing time. The temple is well damaged. You can't even tell that the nandi statue is nandi. Interesting steps.
  • The most outstanding temples from the Roluos Group. If you want to spend time in one of them, this is the place.

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Siem Reap offers attractive accommodations on every budget. Inexpensive family-run guesthouses provide clean, private rooms with access to the host's wealth of information. Hostels catering to backpackers cluster around the old market squares. Four- and five-star resorts welcome guests to retreat from the city into sleek modern interiors or rustic village havens, while mid-range hotels with sparkling pools fill in the spectrum. All can be booked online in advance, but with the abundant options at hand you shouldn't have much trouble finding a room upon arrival.
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