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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  • Bayon next visit, 12 years old, but only a couple of us went up to the children climbed up the nail. The landscape is too steep to climb, but the view is very nice. The entrance to the temple can be seen down the back and legs and be sure to take a look!
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  • On the left side of the Temple of Bayon. The temple is very interesting, especially the steep stairs, I remember leading to the top. From there a stunning view!
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  • This temple rises at the beginning of the forest after a long bridge, the climb is pretty rough but the view is just terrible, there are also monkeys and scorpions, an interesting to walk.
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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.
  • 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
  • It's really mind blowing! Imagine if the temple is new, you walk up there alone straight to the main tower. It is like you're heading to the heaven because the entrance is very high from the ground and far from the temple. You should try!!

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