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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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  • Built in the 10th century, the Phimeanakas temple is a towering temple. It is in a cluster of other nearby temples (eg. Baphuon and Terrace of Elephants) which was handy.  more »
  • needn't stay there for too long because it isn't too big. Anyway, it is still good to spend about 10 minutes to take some photos.  more »
  • We walked past Phimeanakas whilst we were looking around Angkor Thom - it was closed so we were unable to go up but it was definitely worth walking around and taking in its grandeur - I thought it loo...  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.