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Phnom Bakheng

Date of Construction:
Late 9th - Early 10th century AD
Religious Affiliation:
Patron or King:
Yasovarman I
Artistic/Archeo. Style:
Location: AAP - PC near the South gate of Angkor Thom
Duration of Visit:
1 hour +
Time to Visit: Late afternoon for sunset, anytime
Photography Notes:
Sunset over the Tonle Sap Lake. Angkor Wat temple set in the jungle about 1km away. Bring a long lens (400mm)

The construction of this temple mountain on Phnom Bakheng (Bakheng Hill), the first major temple to be constructed in the Angkor area, marked the move of the capital of the Khmer empire from Roluos to Angkor in the late 9th century AD. It served as King Yasovarman I's state-temple at the center of his new capital city Yasodharapura. The foundation of Bakheng is carved from the existing rock edifice rather than the laterite and earthfill of most other temples. Bakheng's hilltop location makes it the most popular sunset location in the area, offering a view of the Tonle Sap Lake and a distant Angkor Wat (upper right photo.) Quiet the rest of the day. Elephant rides up the hill are available for sunset. Always overcrowded at sunset, so much so that authorities are now limiting the number of visitors at sunset. Consider a alternative sunset location.

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