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. Using our international travel planner, Siem Reap attractions like Phimeanakas can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Is the Royal Palace was located just north of the paper on Temple, surrounded by a rectangular ramparts EW 600 m and 300 m North-South and wooden buildings were now have nothing left. Now that the Palace of phimeanakas, man has left pond, 女池. Is the Palace of phimeanakas was built in the 11th century three-tier pyramid-shaped Temple, West 35 m and 12 m include height at 28 m North-South. Pyman, aka Hi and good heavens Palace "air Castle" meaning is correct. Was and is a central tower with a head of nine Serpent God Naga, the King hold a ceremony for the temple said. Experience is less people visit the ruins and history. A steep climb up the stairs can get up to the top, so caution is required.
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  • The temple is a bit into the terrain, located near Elephant terasse and Victory gate. Many stairs to get up to the plateau where the temple is located and which is guarded by a "Guardian lion" in the eastern part of the staircase. The temple was built in the 1000 's.
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  • It's quite a beautiful temple, but seems like you can't even climb it. As it was close. Not sure why. But when I was there at 8am it was close. But still a beautiful temple to see.  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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