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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  • As the entire complex of Angkor, another site more to visit. The condition is not as good as others, but worth the walk and see all. A wonderful experience.
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  • Ta Phrom Temple Baphuon is my favorite. It runs across a long bridge to get to the actual Temple. In the temple complex itself my some stairs runs up to finally enjoy a panoramic view on the top floor. The architecture of this early time is awesome. In our hotel we have a Tuktuk for about $15 busy with which we, as the hotel has named it a small tour booked. You will be picked up at the agreed time in the hotel (5:00 a.m. to the sunrise at Angkor Wat to see) and visit the day about 3 temples including the Baphuon. From the exit to the hotel to return there were approx. 5-6 hours You have also the possibility to rent bicycles in the Siem Reap but the area is very large and with the bicycle at appropriate temperatures not to recommend. Was sufficient for us a day we saw the "main" Temple and were impressed, then we had a small temple Koller. We have purchased a 3-day ticket, which we two days have used since 1 day $37 costs and 3 days to the 62-$67. Sure you do to when purchasing tickets in the right line. There are snakes for 3-day tickets and 1-day tickets. Who runs his ticket after 16:30 can allow to the temples and is to see the sunset without that devalues the ticket for the day.
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  • big temple .. with many entrances leading to lot of confusion especially if u r without maps :) The structures look similar acrosss  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.

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