Phnom Bakheng in Siem Reap

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Phnom Bakheng is in the southwest of Angkor – whereat Phnom means “little hill”. This hill is a favoured place to see the sunset. From there you have a fantastic view to the hinterland, the city Siem Reap, Angkor Wat in between of the jungle, the Tonle Sap sea and the Western Baray.

Phnom Bakheng in Siem Reap

Phnom Bakheng in Siem Reap

The Phnom Bakheng is one of the mountains from the plain of Angkor, and the heart of the city founded by Yasovarman I to X ‘s, Yasodharapura. The temple of the same name is a construction imposing sandstone and located at the top of this mountain.

It is a pyramid-shaped building (temple mountain) 5 stands close to the base of which is surrounded by 44 brick towers, the bear stands 60 Prasat small and lead to the upper terrace where stands arranged in five sanctuaries quincunx. That together form a representation of Mount Meru, the abode of gods in the Indian cosmolgie, the first of them, Shiva, is illustrated by the central tower. 

The sunset from Phnom Bakheng is very impressive. Many people climb up the steep slopes just to catch a view of it. Phnom Bakheng is located 400 m south of Angkor Thom. A sandy path will take you to the foot of the temple, where steep, small stairs will lead you to the top terrace. You can also go by elephant to the foot of the temple. They will charge you 15 $ for one ride. In high season it can be very crowed on the hill and it won’t be easy to find a good spot to see Angkor Wat in the warm glow of the sun. Please keep in mind that Angkor Wat is 1.3 km away, so you need a good camera  with a big lens to make a close shot. On the otherside you will have an incredible view on Tonle Sap lake and Kulen Mountain. After enjoying the sunset, be careful climbing down the stairs. There are no lights so a small flashlight can be useful.

To get a decent picture of Angkor Wat in the warm glow of the late-afternoon sun from the summit of Phnom Bakheng, you will need at least a 300mm lens, as the temple is 1.3km away.

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