PHNOM BAKHENG28 KM from Siem Reap
Historians believe that Phnom Bakhong, which was build twho hundred years before Angkor Wat, was once the main temple of the Angkor empire. The site became the the center piece of the new capital city, during the reign of king Yasovarman. Phnom Bakheng is one the most favorite places inside the Angkor Archaeological Park to watch the famous Angkor Sunset. Due to the numerous visitors that visit the site day by day, it’s also the most threatened temple of the Park.
What to do and see at Phnom Bakong?
The Phnom Bakheng temple is a seven layered temple build in a pyramid shape and positioned on a large platform. Each layer represents one of the 7 heavens and the temple site is surrounded by 108 small towers, out of which most have collapsed.
There are 5 main towers at the top of Phnom Bakheng and divided over the four levels below there are 104 smaller towers. The temple is a symbolic representation of Mount Meru, the home of the Hindu gods and was build in the 9th century during the reign of king Yasovarman.
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How to get to Phnom Bakheng?
The Phnom Bakheng temple site is located between Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom. You an Angkor Pass to visit the site and the best way to visit Phnom Bakheng is by joining a tour. A qualified guide can tell you everything you want and need to know about the site. If you want to travel by yourself, you can either hire a PassApp or a tuktuk.
You need an Angkor Pass
A one day ticket to the Angkor Archaeological Park you will cost you $37,-. If you’re planning to visit stay more days, you can buy a pass for three ($62) or seven days ($72). The Angkor Pass can not be bought at Angkor Wat, but at the official Angkor Ticket Office, which is located on the road to Angkor Wat. You’ll need a photo for the pass and this can be arranged at the ticket office.
What you SHOULD do!
You should reserve plenty of time to visit the site, since it’s not only one the most fascinating sites in the Angkor Park, but is of great historical importance. As mentioned it’s a perfect spot for enjoying the sunrise at Angkor Wat, but keep in mind that you will surely not be alone.
What you should NOT do!
If you want to see the sunrise at Phnom Bakheng, make sure you don’t arrive too late. It’s crowded an if you arrive late, taking a great photo will be very difficult.