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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  • Its the temple palace in Angkor Thom and nothing very impressive though you will see it during the tour. It has a nice golden colour that looks pretty surrounded by green forest from far. It lies betw...  more »
  • Phimeanakas is part of Angkor Thom. Would have been a master piece earlier, but due to its un-accessibility, cant find much here. A good one to see quickly, take photos and move on.  more »
  • A part consists of reddish making Phimeanakas is slightly different than the most other Temoel? In addition, the form is similar to a pyramid. You can also climb up, but above you can see only the Wiofel of the trees around.
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  • I realized how big of this ancient city is when i visited here. And i can't believe to the fact that people in the ancient time built each temple with stone very very high. I don't know how many pieces of stones were used to build one. It's amazing
  • Phimeanakas is quite close to The Baphuon and is also a part of Angkor Thom. It’s not as large as The Baphuon but has a similar design. And once again there’s a steep staircase to climb if you want to go to the top. This is a temple that can be enjoyed from the ground, though. It was built at the end of the 10thcentury and would once have had a tall tower at the top.
  • 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.
  • I could go ahead and describe this. Bit I'd rather you to go see it
  • 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.

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