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Phnom Bakheng – Temple


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Phnom Bakheng from distance

Phnom Bakheng from distance

Built by King Yasovarman as the architectural centrepiece of his new capital, Phnom Bakheng is one of three hill top temples built during his reign and follows the temple mountain form.

Like many early Angkor temples Phnom Bakheng is a symbolic representation of Mount Meru situated around one and half kilometres North west of Angkor Wat. However where it differs from most other temples is that it was built at the top of a relatively steep local hill further amplifying its presence and mythological status. The temple itself sits on a rectangular base however is a square pyramid in design and measures 76 meters square at its base rising in stages over 6 tiers.

Originally there were 109 towers situated over the 6 different levels with the top tier consisting of the tallest central tower surrounded by a smaller tower at each corner and the remaining 104 towers spread over the lower 4 tiers.

Phnom Bakheng Stairs and Teirs

Phnom Bakheng Stairs and Teirs