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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  • Beautiful mountain temple, it is close enough to the Bayon, but much older than the latter. Mount it allows you to have a wonderful view on the site, but he must prepare his legs, because the stairs are strong stiff (but that also means that there are fewer tourists at the top). In short, a magnificent temple
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  • Spend 10 minutes or so from the Bayon, have moved. Bright green on both sides of a 200-meter long passage pond was impressive. Baphuon looked up from the bottom and was fine. Do not climb down the stairs in front of the now want to try climbing but unfortunately failed. It is recommended to visit the Bayon.
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  • Bapuon Temple is interesting as cognition of very deep history! Any structure of this complex amazes with frescoes on the walls
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  • 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.
  • Steep climb which gives you a better view of the land. Thrilling. Preservation efforts here are way better than the other temples.
  • There’s no so much the need for exploring at The Baphuon as there is the need for climbing. It’s a tall temple with steep staircases on each side (although you can’t access them all). The Baphuon has been the subject of many years of restoration work but is now in a fairly good condition. From the top you get a great view over the ancient city of Angkor Thom, of which The Baphuon is a part.
  • It's an impressive temple. I like it as a complex of different things to see: you walk through the bridge along the pond and some ruins, then you climb up pretty high on top of the temple (you can't go on the very top unfortunately), you see a good view from the top, you see a huge Reclining Buddha made by peaces of the temple, you see big trees behind the temple, you take a jungle path to next spot
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