Phnom Bakheng, Siem Reap

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The world-famous sunsets at Phnom Bakheng draw as many visitors as the historical temple itself. This temple mountain--a typical Angkor design representing Mt. Meru, birthplace of the Hindu gods--was the first of its kind in the city. It dates back to the 9th century, when it was built by King Yasovarman and dedicated to Shiva. The temple sits on a five-level base and has five towers, with 104 towers distributed evenly around the lower levels. Early morning remains the least-crowded time to visit the attraction; expect lots of visitors during the day, and especially during the spectacular sunsets. Put Phnom Bakheng into our Siem Reap online holiday planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Siem Reap.
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  • Never mind ... So much tail at all. The temple isn't that great. From above you can see only trees trees and trees ... Wasted time (along with a flood of tourists rude)
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  • Surely you can admire a beautiful sunset from this temple that sits on a hill, but since the entrance is permitted only to the first 300 people, we must arrive at least three hours before and in my opinion not worth the waiting game
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  • Bucken Shrine is a temple built by the king of Wu in the mountains of Mount Kumgang during the ninth century, it is now a very famous view of the sunset, but still able to see that the year of the spectacular, every afternoon can be seen many visitors boarded Bucken.
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  • A good spot for some sunset pics but get there early as the place is packed by 5.30 pm. Be in position by 5 pm otherwise you may need to wait on numbers to leave before being allowed up onto the temple at the top. Apparently, it’s 300 maximum allowed up on the structure at any one time.
  • Don't tell anyone but this is the ultimate sun rise temple. 20 minutes hike through the jungle in the dark feels spooky but as the path is wide there is no chance to lost the way. I was the only person at the temple from 5:00am to 6:30am - when the first guard arrived long before any other visitors. As the temple is on the top of the hill From Here you can see horizon in all directions: Dawn fogs raising from the jungle and clouds forming at the top of the distant mountains, descending down along the slopes, Angkor Wat domes, sky reflecting in thesurrounding wetlands.
  • Will be so picturesque after the restoration works are complete. Currently the stones of a completelly disassembled shrine are of interest. They lay down on the ground all numbered and looking like new. The stairway straight up to the mountain is closed off, so you can choose either the elephant path or a shaded circular route. The elephant path is best for a quicker descent.
  • Beautiful spot for sunset. Make sure you are early though as only 300 people are allowed up there at anyone time.
  • Phnom Bakheng is a place that you can enjoy watching sunset with a very appealing green view around this mountain. You need to walk from the gate where is at the ground to the top of mountain, and the route is quite comfortable for people. Instead of walking, you also can use to ride on elephants by paying some fees to the local there. However, you need to wear appropriate clothes if you wish to go up to the mountain. For example, women cannot wear shorts or mini-skirt to climb the mountain because it is a holy place. Walking on the road along the forest, you will reach to the top of mountain. There is a temple up there as well that you can have a photo taken.

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