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.
- Private Angkor Wat & Royal Temples Excursion
- Afternoon Tour of Angkor Wat
- Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda & Independence Monument Half-Day Tour
- Phnom Penh Full-Day Guided Trip
- Private Excursion to Ancient Temples, Takéo Silk Village & Mount Chisor
- Small-Group Mekong Sunset Tour
- Sunrise Angkor Temple Photo Excursion
- Flight of the Gibbon Zipline Tour at Angkor Park
- Tonlé Sap Lake Tour with Sunset Dinner Cruise
- Angkor Temples Private Small-Group Tour
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Phnom Bakheng (Bakheng Hill)
Location: Northwest of Angkor Wat
Construction period: Late 9th to Early 10th century AD
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.