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Address: Roluos, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Description: Built in the late 9th century by Indravarman I, this is the state temple...
Built in the late 9th century by Indravarman I, this is the state temple dedicated to Shiva as Indreshvara.
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This is the largest temple in the Roulos group...and is circled by a pretty impressive moat. Bakong is the first sandstone temple.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

This is the largest temple in the Roulos group...and is circled by a pretty impressive moat. Bakong is the first sandstone temple.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Not too busy, this temple is different in that it has numerous statues of holy cows - a bit different to all the elephants and nagas elsewhere. It's more obviously Hindu here without all the Buddhist changes over the top. It's very quiet compared to the main Angkor Wat temples with only a few people trying to sell you bracelets... More 

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New Delhi, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Bakong temple is the first large pyramid shaped temple constructed in Cambodia by King Indravarman in 881 AD. The temple was dedicated to Lord Shiva. Two massive sculptures of a seven headed Naga mark the appearance of Naga lying on the ground in the Angkor complex. A must visit temple.

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Heswall, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

If you have time Bakong is worth a quick visit along with Preah Ko and Lolei (the three are collectively known as the Roulous Group) – a great place to begin your visit to Siem Reap to better understand the chronology of Angkor’s temples and to ease yourselves into the more strenuous climbs at most of the other sites. Bakong... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

This is a 9th century temple and is in great condition. Less people go here but should its in very good shape for its History and will impress all who make the effort to go. More steps and walking but think of the the great exercise !!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

Bakong along with Preah Ko and Lolei are a collection of monuments representative of the remains of Haniharalaya , the first major capital of the Angkoian kingdom. The temples are dedicated to the Hindu gods Shiva and Vishnu. The bas-reliefs are some of the earliest surviving examples of Khmer art. Visit early - though the morning we visited it was... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

Wonderful, amazing and interesting. There is much to explore and see and learn. get a good guide who can really explain the history of the site.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

I love when the place has not a lot of tourist, so, this was really good! :) Not one of the famous ones, so, it's not a must see.

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Hyderabad, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

First Khmer temple built in late 9 th C during the reign of Indra varman is one of the temples worth visiting.the Long hall is its attractive part.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Another wonderful ancient ruin in the Ankor complex... Tall with steep steps but well worth the effort for the view alone, never mind the wonders of the temple itself! Would disagree with other reviews that it can't be done in flip flops but care is needed. We visited around 10 am followed by the other two temples in the Roluos... More 

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