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Baphuon Temple, Siem Reap

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Explore the fragile remains of Baphuon Temple, a three-tiered "temple mountain" of the once great Khmer Empire. The 11th-century structure represented Mt. Meru, home of the Hindu gods; for centuries it remained in disrepair until French-led archaeologists initiated a painstaking restoration, completed in 2011. Today, you can roam around five levels of the temple, which once housed libraries, sandstone galleries, many Buddha images, and a central sanctuary. Once you reach the summit via steep timber steps, you can enjoy the picturesque panoramic view of the entire complex and skyscraping trees. Bring hats, water, and good shoes, especially during hot and humid days, to endure all the climbing. Add Baphuon Temple to your Siem Reap travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Siem Reap vacation generator.
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  • I really enjoyed this temple, has been somewhat rebuilt over the years, but it provides a great entrance and challenge to climb to the top  more »
  • This is a nice temple to visit. The french did a good job renovating parts of it, giving us a better idea of its previous status. The setting is gorgeous. Not as beautiful as other temples in the area...  more »
  • They opened exactly at 7:30am. Any earlier of 1 minute, they won't even open the temple for you. But the pathway to the temple is beautiful. The staircase is an exercise itself and it's not wheelchair...  more »
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  • Such an amazing temple, grand and awe-inspiring! The stairs are super steep, makes you wonder how the ancient people climbed it. With devotion, I'd say, one will natural slow down and walk with respect and precaution. Amazing place. Take a moment to enjoy the serenity in the woods nearby. This is a rare spot among the popular Angkor temple where you can enjoy some quiet time :)
  • This is a small and wonderful temple in AngkorThom, it is a three-tiered temple mountain and there are stairs for you to climb to the top tier. You can walk around the corridor as you give yourself a break before climbing up to the next tier. There is no relief nor statue but the temple is still in pretty good condition and when you are at the top, you can see the grand entrance passageway with reflection ponds on both side. As it is not that popular, it makes for a perfect place to relax and enjoy the temple.
  • Baphuon was the state temple of Udauadityavarnan 2, and reflects this in size. The entry way of the colonnade flanked by moats on both sides is truly beautiful. There are no original bas reliefs or sculptures left. What you see today is the restoration and recreation done by the French. The view from up there is magnificent though. Another thing of note is the gigantic reclining Buddha statue repurposed from the original temple, which is at the back. Be warned that the staircases are quite steep.
  • The stairs up were pretty wild and not the easiest to come down. There are better temples in the area, but this one was memorable because there were so many butterflies--they even landed on us!
  • Baphuon used to be the royal palace of the Khymer empire. It was made mostly of wood as opposed to stone (as in the temples) and so most of it is in ruins. It has multiple stories that one can climb through the stairs. Nearby are the terrace of the elephants and other important buildings. This is part of Angkor Thom, walking distance from Angkor Wat.