Phimeanakas, Siem Reap

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Explore the ruins of Phimeanakas, 10th-century Hindu temple resembling a three-tier pyramid. Five traditional towers stand at the entrance, and the ancient, overgrown edifice creates a striking impression. Take a tour and hear the story of a king who allegedly remained in the tower every night with the embodiment of Naga, the snake goddess, in order to preserve and maintain peace and prosperity in the country. Walk around and enjoy the views from the ground, but bear in mind that climbing the temple is not advised. Arrange your visit to Phimeanakas and discover more family-friendly attractions in Siem Reap using our Siem Reap vacation trip planner.
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  • August 5, 2017
    It is a small part of Angkor Group park and you will see the beautiful trees around and you can bring your picnic for your launch. Can you do this as I recommend you ?  more »
  • July 23, 2017
    Our guide walked us past here and told us a little bit about it, but out eyes were drawn to the unusual spider webs in the area - which were home to large, scary black and white spiders.  more »
  • June 13, 2017
    Above, the past won't let me pick a moment between the trees now rise remains bottled up the entrance. Terraced pyramid-shaped space for the King. Only the King of the gods and the mythical climbs every night I called the place where stories are pecking. The King of Queens, where the access is not available to me when you have even banned the King of space. Besides each of the wooden buildings were rummage through, but now I can hold a portion of the stone. Standing seemed lonely yujeogdo looking to look a little more someday.
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  • June 2, 2017
    The gateway to the royal palace is quite grand with life sized lion men supporting the platform. The palace is in a compound with a tall compound wall, along with two big ponds, a collection of house like small ruins and the palace itself. The palace is a relatively small stone pyramid which was inaccessible when we visited. There weren't any carvings visible except for the royal looking lions on the stages of the pyramid.
  • May 2, 2017
    A small little temple by comparison to the rest. Still is is pretty big and the stairs are very steep. The main stairs with the newly added steps is closed but the stairs on the other side is not, so I am not sure if you are allow to climb to the top. Anyway the original stairs are super steep and can be a bit dangerous to attempt. A great temple to relax and contemplate or take a break under the tree as there is hardly anyone around this temple.
  • May 12, 2017
    This temple has less tourist as you cannot enter. Maybe its due to the super steep stairs. But you can still see some amazingly detailed sculpture on some of the walls.
  • May 18, 2017
    Another great temple to see while doing the smaller loop of Angkor. Be sure you are up to the climb up this temple. It's steep.
  • March 21, 2017
    Legend goes that the king used to come here every night to mate with the nine-headed Naga transformed into a woman figure. Interesting temple. No climbing was allowed when I visited.

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