Phnom Bakheng (; Khmer: ប្រាសាទភ្នំបាខែង, Prasat Phnum Bakhêng, pronounced [pʰnum baːkʰaeŋ]) is a Hindu and Buddhist temple in the form of a temple mountain in Siem Reap Province, Cambodia. 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. Since 2004, World Monuments Fund has been working to conserve the temple in partnership with APSARA.
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.
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banner bruce | Feb 16, 2018
Nice place with tons of tourists. Tuktuk is around 7 US from the city come before 5pm and bring enough water as it is really hot on the stones. Only 300 people are allowed on top and the Chinese are crazy....so be earlier than them... Women only with covered shoulders and knees. Men covered shoulders and knees. There are many controls. It's nice though...but really stuffed with people.
un dorn | Apr 20, 2018
The best place for Sunset around Cambodia temple in Siemreap .
linnea hallkvist | Feb 16, 2018
The sunset here is definitely overrated, you have to queue for hours and it goes down behind some trees, Angkor Wat is on the opposite side. There are other, nicer temples to visit. The view over the landscape was nice, though.
Sophia Beauport | Dec 30, 2017
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.
Simon Reiss | Jan 23, 2018
Nice view over the landscape, but the sunset is overrated. Most of the people do not realize actually the view to Angkor Wat on the oposite side. With a 400mm objective and good weather conditions you are able to shoot nice photos from Angkor Wat residing in the jungle. They restrict the entrance to 300 people at a time. You will be safe to enter when coming around 4pm. It is a pity that tourists are still riding elephants! It is an easy 15 min walk to go to the top...
George Lienemann | May 9, 2018
Phnom Bakheng is a fantastic mountain temple to visit at any time of day. The sunset has been a popular tourist attraction for many years so it is very crowded at that time. The morning or day time is much more enjoyable to me, as I have often found myself to be the only visitor at the top. The walk up the mountain in the day time is an experience in itself as you challenge your body and your mind to keep pushing forward in the heat. There are numerous ancient rest stops (and view points) though on the way, that will help you make your journey less strenuous. The restoration projects are also quite astounding and make me wonder how this temple structure was built without modern technology and construction methods.
Gurmesh Sidhu | May 22, 2018
Ancient architecture that is truly marvelous really shows the effort put in without the use of any complicated machinery. Excellent educational opportunities for those interested in learning the interaction between Buddhist and Hindu religions.
vuthy iv | May 28, 2018
Most people go there to see sunset, nice view
Huang Wzhong | May 11, 2018
the magnificent ancient buiding structure, it's the right place to see Angkor wat from top view in perspective angle, Mt Bakheng is the nearest hilly area of Angkor Wat. not quite sure it's the right place to queue for hours and get crowded in the top platform in order to see sunset or not? however, this is worth visiting place.
P PAT | Jul 7, 2018
Lots of steps. Easier steps on the right hand side with hand rail. But not seen easily and not marked. Huge coconuts with lots of water. Very nourishing after a hot afternoon climbing steps! ☺
Pradhan Makam | Jun 20, 2018
A little over-rated. The hill top has great views, but very small and very crowded. Supposed to host the best sunset views, with tourists from all over the world pouring in every minute, the very essence of experiencing a sunset is not quite fulfilled. But, definitely worth a visit. ! Ps. Only 300 persons are allowed at a time at the top, so if you are heading there for the sunset, make sure you're a little early to enter and settle in a good spot :)
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