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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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  • 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.
  • Hot place for the tourist. Arrange this place together with Tonlé Sap lake. This temple is very special, not like the other one. it only has one main tower.
  • This temple in the Roluos group of temples outside Siem Reap are right on the incoming flight path into the airport, and was the first site I saw from the air before my arrival. Often skipped by tourists gravitating toward sites around Angkor Wat and Angkor Tom, it's worthwhile to visit this, the oldest mountain style temple in the greater Angkor reigon. Built in the late 9th century by Indravarman I an early Hindu king, there is still a little Buddhist temple operating on the site. So much less crowded than other sites, one can really feel the solitude around the rice farms of Presat Bakong.
  • 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. I hope those will be restored accurately. Jul_2016
  • Very nice temple among other, recommend to visit
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