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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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  • Phnom Bakheng is said to be the oldest temple of the ancient city of Angkor Thomp. It was built 2 centuries before Angkor Wat temple (889-910 AD). A small hike leads to the temple which is located on....  more
    Phnom Bakheng is said to be the oldest temple of the ancient city of Angkor Thomp. It was built 2 centuries before Angkor Wat temple (889-910 AD). A small hike leads to the temple which is located on....  more »
  • Phnom Bakheng, what is know as the "sunset temple" due to its high vantage point above the rest of the area, and its unobstructed view of the hazy orange sunset. We follow groups of monks in... 
    Phnom Bakheng, what is know as the "sunset temple" due to its high vantage point above the rest of the area, and its unobstructed view of the hazy orange sunset. We follow groups of monks in...  more »
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  • This 9th century temple comes under Angkor wat short circuit tour. Generally it is opted as sunset point that makes it last point of your trip for the day. Tourists need to walk through a nice trail for 10 minutes to reach the temple complex. The temple complex is not big as Angkor Wat. After reaching the complex tourists has to climb a bit steep steps to reach the top of the temple to see sunset. If the sky is clear a nice sunset view can be enjoyed. Please be informed kids below 12 years are not allowed to climb the stairs.
  • Beautiful temple with amazing views of the surrounding areas and great views of Angkor Wat. Said to be great for watching the sunset but it was cloudy the day I went. Small hike to the top of the hill then a few staircases to get to the top but worth the hike.

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