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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  • Small but very old and charming temple on top of the hill with view up to horizon. Only 300 guests at one time can visit the temple, so if you want to see sunset go there at least 2 hours in advance. ...  more »
  • This was my final stop to see the sunset from touring all day seeing temples, my guide knew what time for me to be there, you climb steps to reach the hilltop, I waited around 1.5hrs, got really crowd...  more »
  • Just like anyone else, I went there to see the sunset. Took me 20 min to reach the top and then join the long line of people. I was there at 4pm, sunset was at 5.30pm and I thought I would make it in ...  more »
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  • The temple is full of security guard who keep control and arrange the amount of people to climb up the temple make sure there is not over weight, because the temple is too old already and under renovation. I tell you, you have to go early if not you can not climb up the temple. Because there are lots of people, very crowded...you have to wait in queue.
  • It was amazing, it is a testament to men ingeniosity. To think that these temples were built so long ago and they are still standing, it is also a testament to the faith (Buddhism and Hinduism); Kampuchea (Cambodia) has been influenced by both. Individuals from India, China, Taiwan, Thailand, are still visiting, it is a holy sight for them.
  • We actually enjoyed Phnom Bakheng's sunset. The site is limited for a number of people only (counted using IDs). The hike up was actually tiresome as it was high up but fun especially if with your friends. You need to get a good spot but you have to be there early since it gets crowded by 5pm. For us, we found an alternative spot where we watched the sunset and took pictures.
  • Breathtaking views on hill top, will also take your breath climbing up! Crowded, but spectacular at sunset. Terraced temple on the only hill I seem to remember in that area.
  • The security is good, entry and closing time arrange is good. Walk way condition is good. This is the best place to see sun set. Too hot in the afternoon and evening.

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