Phnom Bakheng Temple, Siem Reap

Phnom Bakheng Temple, Siem Reap (must see)

Phnom Bakheng at Angkor is a Hindu temple in the form of a temple mountain. Dedicated to Shiva, it was built at the end of the 9th century, during the reign of King Yasovarman (889-910). Located atop a hill, it is nowadays a popular tourist spot for sunset views of the much bigger temple Angkor Wat, which lies amid the jungle about 1.5 km to the southeast. The large number of visitors makes Phnom Bakheng one of the most threatened monuments of Angkor.

Constructed more than two centuries before Angkor Wat, Phnom Bakheng was in its day the principal temple of the Angkor region, historians believe. It was the architectural centerpiece of a new capital, Yasodharapura, that Yasovarman built when he moved the court from the capital Hariharalaya in the Roluos area located to the southeast.

Phnom Bakheng is a symbolic representation of Mount Meru, home of the Hindu gods, a status emphasized by the temple’s location atop a steep hill. The temple faces east, measures 76 meters square at its base and is built in a pyramid form of six tiers. At the top level, five sandstone sanctuaries, in various states of repair, stand in a quincunx pattern—one in the center and one at each corner of the level’s square. Originally, 108 small towers were arrayed around the temple at ground level and on various of its tiers; most of them have collapsed.

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Sight Name: Phnom Bakheng Temple
Sight Location: Siem Reap, Cambodia
Sight Type: Religious
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Walking Tours in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Create Your Own Walk in Siem Reap

Create Your Own Walk in Siem Reap

Creating your own self-guided walk in Siem Reap is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Shopping in Siem Reap

Shopping in Siem Reap

Siem Reap offers an exceptional shopping experience, thanks to the collection of Cambodian souvenirs, silks, contemporary art, and other goods offered. In the last few years, Siem Reap has witnessed an economic boom in new shops.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.1 Km or 0.7 Miles
Siem Reap Introduction Walk

Siem Reap Introduction Walk

Siem Reap, the capital of the eponymous province in northern Cambodia, is a major tourist destination of South-East Asia, in large part due to its closeness to the ancient ruins of Angkor, dating back as far as the 9th–15th centuries, part of which is pictured on Cambodia’s national flag. Take this orientation walk to explore the top attractions of Angkor Thom.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.9 Km or 3.7 Miles
Siem Reap Temples

Siem Reap Temples

Siem Reap is famous for ancient Hindu temples. These temples serve as proof of the ancient Khmer civilization. Angkor Wat, or Angkor temple, features several remnants from this civilization. Explore old Hindu mythology, traditions, and religion with the Siem Reap Temples.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.3 Km or 2.7 Miles