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Bakong, Siem Reap

#14 of 57 in Historic Sites in Siem Reap
Ruin · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
The first of the mountain temples of Angkor, Bakong sits as an archetype of Khmer religious architecture, dedicated to the Hindu deity Shiva. Built in 881 CE, the ancient sandstone remnant was once a grand house of worship in the Rolous group of temples. Encounter its historical significance with a walk around its expansive grounds, crossing two defence moats to the five-step pyramid, said to represent the sacred Mount Meru. Look to the north-east tower of the central sanctuary for some of the best-preserved Khmer architecture. You'll have to pay for admission at the archaeological park’s entrance. Plan my Siem Reap trip by asking Inspirock to come up with tips and suggestions.
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  • Visited in the afternoon and it wasn't too crowded. Be sure to enter at one entrance and walk through it...coming out the other side.  more »
  • This is a large, impressive temple which I believe pre dates Angkor Wat by a couple of centuries and was the first of the big “monumental temples” in the general area. Unfortunately, we were here...  more »
  • Very nice temple! You will find much less visitors compared with the other temples in Angkor. Good vibes!
  • So worth the trip out to here for this temple complex. Also a nice cafe nearby Sister Cafe and Restaraunt
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