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Phnom Bakheng (Bakheng Hill)

UNESCO World Heritage site near Siem Reap

Phnom Bakheng was constructed on the highest hill in the area, it was the first major temple to be built at Angkor after the capital was moved from Roluos in the 9th century. It was the state-temple of King Yasovarman I in the new capital city of Yasodharapura. The foundation of this temple mountain was carved from the existing rock. The hilltop location of Phnom Bakheng offers some spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. It is a very popular place for sunrise and sunset viewing, and is especially popular at dusk, and at times the temple can be crawling with tourists. It is quite a climb to get to the top, and the steps near the summit are very narrow.

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There is a road up the hill to a clearing short of the summit, and elephant rides up and down the hill are offered from about 16:00 until sunset. The fee for the elephant rides is $15 per person to go up the hill, and $10 per person to go down the hill.

Phnom Bakheng (Bakheng Hill)

Location: Northwest of Angkor Wat
Construction period: Late 9th to Early 10th century AD
Religion: Hindu
Built by: King Yasovarman I
Building style: Bakheng
Photography: Angkor Wat can be seen about 1km away in the jungle. For good photos, a long lens of at least 400mm is required.

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