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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. Plan my Siem Reap trip by asking Inpirock to come up with tips and suggestions.
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  • again this was the last temple of i visited in my 3 day siem reap tour, so obviously was tired exhausted. not much visited by tourists as the other ones. but important because one of the earliest temp...  more »
  • I hear this site is not much liked by most visitors. For me it is one of the important (of course if we know the background and significance... we know how important a site is) * It is the oldest one ...  more »
  • If you have one day in SR, Visit Angkor Wat and Bayon temple. If you have two days, check out Ta Som, Ta Prohm, Preah Kean, possibly East Mebon and Pre Rup, but if you have three days in SR, you have ...  more »
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  • Bakong is the biggest temple among all temples in Rolous group. Physically it assembles to the current independent monument being built across the country. The magnificent beauty that one should not miss. Totally recommended to check this temple as it's located on the other direction of Angkor.
  • Been here from Diem Tarp by bike alone. It took 40 min to come along the main Street. Around 2/3 of the way I turned right and I used the local roads trough villages and school. More healthy! Less dust and truck. With Google maps there is no way to get lost. I suggest you to do in this way. Some guys went to the temple in quad.
  • Interesting, but there are better temples in Seim Reap.
  • one of the Rolous group temples which located far away from Siem reap downtown. it's the prototype of mountain style temple in the great Angkor empire later on. this is so impressive place, the ancient historal temple which blended perfectly in the local village lifestyle.
  • The place is beutiful! I made my aerial photos in 1992.
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