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. Arrange your visit to Baphuon Temple and discover more family-friendly attractions in Siem Reap using our Siem Reap trip planning site .
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  • Just a few years ago was not even open. It was originally a Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva, but later was converted into a Buddhist temple. Due to the gradient of the stairs going up to the upper 12 years cannot access. The top of the tower was destroyed by fire a regional Shiva is enshrined in the current state. Personally wabuli of the Western Wall, the maximum number of sights bapuon. Made in the process of being converted into a Buddhist temple and fire is made with the western wall itself and have a look at some distance.
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  • Went on a tour to the Bayon street side (West side) to go sightseeing. Compared to Bayon is extremely less tourists. Will be the centerpiece of Angkor Thom's Bayon said. You couldn't cross the aerial approach is famous for was from the other side. Time now gone from the much less tourists than go from the front (East) instead of the other side (West). It is recommended to those who have no time.
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  • Baphuon temple is lovely and well worth a visit. You can climb up the stairs to the top. There is a reclining Buddha in the stonework at the side.  more »
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  • I dont think many people know about this temple. It is definitely worth visiting and climbing up the stairs to get a view from above. I was here at lunch time and it was almost empty. The top terrace was closed on my visit, not sure if it is ever open or not.
  • Steep climb, magnificent temple. Millions of huge carved stones, probably the tallest of all structures here. Almost missed the buddha!
  • Don't miss the Buddha in repose, it is easy to miss even though it is the largest in Asia at 75 meters. It is on the west end, best seen from level two (some climbing required). The temple itself is wonderful though at Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom you seen more detail and complexity. Great views from level 3.
  • Another spectacular ruin. There are very steep new stairways with handrails leading up one side and down the other. There are many lovely views from the top of surrounding trees. I imagined that there were many pools surrounding the base at the lower levels and perhaps in some locations at higher levels. I imagined waterfalls in the rain, many potted plants, flowers and wooden structures built on the stone for people to live in. I imagine that it was cooled by shade and breezes on the water pools.
  • One of the tallest temples that you can climb up. This gives an excellent 360 view from the top, jungle for miles. The climb is a bit scary and strenuous, having to climb up a rickity wooden staircase. But if you can make the climb it is totally worth it.
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