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Bakong

Address: Roluos, Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Ranked #18 of 78 Attractions in Siem Reap
Type: Ancient Ruins, Cultural
Owner description: Built in the late 9th century by Indravarman I, this is the state...
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Cultural
Owner description: Built in the late 9th century by Indravarman I, this is the state temple dedicated to Shiva as Indreshvara.
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280 helpful votes 280 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

I have been here several times over the last fifteen years and Bakong never loses it's attraction. The largest of the Rolous group it is easily accessed along the direct but very busy NR6 from Siem Reap. The temple is relatively well preserved although sadly the cheap cement replacement stones and carvings don't have anything like the staying power of... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

I hired a tuk-tuk to visit the Rolous Group of temples, Lolei, Preah Ko & Bakong, the cost USD25 and takes about 40 minutes travel time and on arrival entered by west moat and gate as there were a few busloads of people at east gate so much easier this way and arranged for tuk tuk to meet me at... More 

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Nidadavole,India
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

from a photographer's view, i would rate bakong among the best 3 large temples in siem reap. enough of description is evident in previous reviews and i dont want to repeat. just some pointers...Dont miss it.. if you want to spend some quality time with few people in a great looking temple. visit in the mornings. great photographs both mornings... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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46 reviews 46 reviews
17 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014 via mobile

This was one of the first temples we visited and we could see why many people consider it one of the most interesting temples to visit. Through our guide we learnt that the temple is dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva and was dedicated in the late 9th century. The temple is surrounded by large moats & you can only... More 

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Siem Reap, Cambodia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Still amazing temple, the different is only that now so many tourist visit this temple. First time i visited this temple in 1999, Only me and myself in the temple. Area nearby the temple is also developed. But I still enjoy myself taking pictures of this beautiful site

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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Bakong was great to visit after Preah Ko, especially given that it is one of the oldest temples in the area an very large. There is a newer buddhist monastery also on site which made for a great contrast of old and new traditions. We were there early in the morning so also got to see many of the young... More 

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Blue Mountains, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

My sister and I visited Bakong on our first day of temple touring on our bucket list trip to Cambodia and I think it's lovely and well worth a visit. From our fabulous guide I learnt that Bakong was built in 881, was dedicated to Shiva, and was the centre of the Khmer empire known as Hariharalaya, and that it... More 

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Ho Chi Minh City
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Bakong is the biggest temple in Roluos area, the temple is like stepped pyramid. On top of the pyramid you can see area around. But before you enter the temple there are several small shop who sell drink, food, scarf and other stuff. They sometimes can be a little annoying when they offer goods so be careful. Also be careful... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

It is in the middle of man made lake and very big and one of the biggest among the Rolous. Next to monastery so you able to enjoy the temple with some religious activity going on at the same time. One of the must visit temple!

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

The biggest and most impressive of the Roulous group, this temple is surrounded by a moat. A mountain temple, it displays a very early use of stone rather than brick. Some of the carvings are still in very good shape. There is a large monastery on its grounds. Worth a visit

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