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Phnom Bakheng

Phnom Bakheng in Temples of Angkor

Phnom Bakheng hill, perfect for sunset views, is a Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva. It was built at the end of the 9th century, during the reign of King Yasovarman. The temple-mountain has five tiers, with seven levels. At the base are 44 towers. Each of the five tiers had 12 towers. The summit of the temple has four towers at the cardinal points of the compass as well as a central sanctuary. All of these numbers are of symbolic significance. The seven levels, for example, represent the seven Hindu heavens, while the total number of towers, excluding the central sanctuary, is 108, a particularly auspicious number that correlates to the lunar calendar.

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103.8538471°N, 13.4238122°E
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Overall Rating:4.2

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  '3' out of 5
"If you still have energy left in you after a long day of exploring temples after temples, then climb on top of a hill to the west of Angkor Wat to the highest temple in the region, Phnom Bakheng. Built more than 200 years before Angkor Wat, Phnom Bakheng can be a challenge to get to. You first have to walk up a winding path up the hill. Alternatively, you can always hire an elephant ride to get you up there. It'll set you back USD20 though. At the top, you have to climb further stairs to enjoy a great vista of the Angkor region, if weather permits."
  '5' out of 5
"If you travel to Siem Reap you should necessarily visit the temples at here, this temple bears a long history, you have to mount the stone steps was relatively high, on top you will comprehend the sheer mountainous landscape pretty. The entire ruins collected insight, the path, planting fresh flowers"
  '5' out of 5
"The most famous place for sunset in the kingdom of Cambodia. U can climb this small mountain by walk (15mn) or you can take the elephant ride :)."
  '4' out of 5
"It is very crowded, extremely hot and you have to get there hours in advance in order to get to the top. Although the view is interesting, I definitely wouldn't wait for hours to see a sunset which not that extra ordinary."
  '5' out of 5
"A best place for visit sun set in the evening. You are not only enjoy the sun set view over Siem Reap city and Angkor Wat, you can also visit the temple there too."

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