"Roluos Group - Bakong" Angkor Wat Things to Do Tip by Willettsworld

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This is by far the most impressive of the temples that make up the Roluos Group of temples, located some 15km south-east of the main group of temples at Angkor. Before its reconstruction, little remained of Bakong aside from a pile of rubble atop a small hill. Initial clearing work didn't commence until 1936 and took around seven years to complete.

Consecrated in 881 AD during the reign of King Indravarman I, the construction of the Bakong is believed to have been initiated by Indravarman's predecessor, Jayavarman III and became the state temple of Hariharalaya (modern-day Roulos). The layout of the site closely follows the principles of modelling Mount Meru with the moat surrounding the inner sanctum of five levels, with 10 small temples surrounding a tiered tower whose spire resembles the turreted, curved points of Angkor Wat.

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  • Written Apr 27, 2010
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