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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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  • I visited this temple as a last of the day, returning from Beng Mealea, and truly glad I did so. Firstly, as you approach Bakong, to your right is Preah Ko, very much worth a stop by also, especially ...  more »
  • Temple lighthouse of the Roluos group, say that people have stopped to survey the place for 1200 years overwhelms you with emotion. Hindu temple in pyramidal shape on 5 levels, there is a preamble to what will be the angkoriens temples.
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  • We came early to visit this temple, no crowd. In general the Roluos group temple is less crowded. It's worth a visit to see the history.  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. I hope those will be restored accurately. Jul_2016
  • This olace is so peaceful and very beautiful temple. Awesome photos
  • Bakong is the first temple mountain of sandstone constructed by rulers of the Khmer Empire. The temple is located away from the city center, but it is worth a visit if you have time. It is the largest and most impressive of the Roluos group.
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  • The most impressive member of the Roluos Group, sitting at the center of the first Angkorian capital, Hariharalaya. Bakong stands 15 meters tall and is 650x850m at the outer wall. Constructed by the third Angkorian-era king as his state-temple, Bakong represents the first application of the temple-mountain architectural formula on a grand scale and set the architectural tone for the next 400 years. The temple displays a very early use of stone rather than brick. Though begun by Indravarman I, Bakong received additions and was expanded by later kings. The uppermost section and tower may have been added as late as the 12th century AD. Some of the lintel carvings, particularly on the outer towers, are in very good shape. Picturesque moat and vegetation surround Bakong.

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