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Phnom Bakheng is one of the first temple mountains in the area of Angkor. The temple, dedicated to Shiva, is built at the end of the 9th century, during the reign of Yasovarman. Including the base and the summit the temple mountain Phnom Bakheng has seven levels, representing the seven Hindu heavens. The total number of towers is 108 wich is related to the lunar calendar.

To reach the top you have first to go uphill along a steep irregular and rocky path. It's also possible to go by elephant along a less steeper path rounding the hill. At the top is the 13 meter high pyramid, made of five terraces. The staircase from the base of the pyramid is steep and has very narrow steps. Be careful, but have also a look at the lions and towers flanking the stairs.

Address: Angkor
Directions: Phnom Bakheng lies at the westside of the road between Angkor Thom and Angkor Wat about 400 meter south of Angkor Thom.

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  • Updated Dec 26, 2005
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