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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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  • I understand that sometimes you don't always want to hike to the top in the Cambodia weather, but this temple is worth the hike for the view you'll see at the top.  more »
  • A 1200 yr old Temple built on 7 levels. Not all can climb to the top but the sight from below is great .  more »
  • It is a pretty firm in roluos temples, ruins. Better people knees in fear just the difference is greater, so the start of climbing.
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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