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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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  • August 15, 2017
    This not so famous temple complex lies outside of Siem Reap town on the road to Phnom Penh in Highway 6. This temple was the earliest temple to be built by the rising Khmer kingdom that time. The comp...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    Very impressive to discover this temple. The frescoes are still readable. One of the highlights of the site.
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  • August 2, 2017
    This temple is a bit off the main track, but well worth a visit. This is the earliest temple in the area, and goes back to the 9'th century. Before Angkor Wat, this was the main city in the area. Unfo...  more »
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  • May 4, 2017
    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
  • February 24, 2017
    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.
  • May 4, 2017
    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.
  • March 20, 2017
    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.
  • March 19, 2017
    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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