Bakong
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Built in the late 9th century by Indravarman I, this is the state temple dedicated to Shiva as Indreshvara.
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Maharaja G
Bengaluru, India8 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
It's amazing, the temple is 1200 years old and still stands as far as we can see. What a beautiful, well preserved and non touristy temple! It is a first mountain temple of Angkor and where a home of Shiva god. Don't miss to visit.
Written August 3, 2023
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Wikumj
Bromley, UK317 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
This is the largest and most interesting of the 'Roluos' group of temples (which isn' saying too much since the other temples are tiny). I would only venture here is you are staying in Angkor for 3 days or more. This temple is interesting as it is multi tiered and you can explore all tiers well, with good views from the top tier and interesting areas to explore at the bottom. Can do it in about 30-45 mins.
Written December 3, 2023
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Dan Maarek
Tel Aviv, Israel15,902 contributions
Nov 2018
Don't do the same mistakes so many others do, thinking (as I did at first) that all the amazing sights are located in Angkor Wat.

I had read so many reviews before visiting Siam Reap, but still I wasn't prepared enough.
I had expected to find the incredible Faces trying to escape the walls or the surreal liquid trees (like Salvatore Dali's liquid watches) at Angkor Wat.
Not at all: they are located at Bayon Temple (Faces in the walls) and the liquid trees at Ta Prohm Temple (Tomb Raider 1st movie).

Actually Angkor Wat or Bayon or Ta Prohm Temples are only three of the thousands temples in Siam Reap area and you should/must visit them in an organized and carefully planned way to make the best of them and of your limited time here..

We were 5 days in Siam Reap and have visited many Temples.I have started to review them all here, and will of course attach many pictures as well.

Among the many pictures I have attached you'll find the 3 day tours circuit you'll be offered once there.
Of course the 1st day tour is the best, but I wouldn't skip in the world this temple, Bakong Temple, on the 3rd day.
It unfortunately requires 1 hour tuktuk drive (less by car but more expensive ...and less typical, meaning less dust eating and... AC).
That Temple belongs to the Roluos group, Bakong, it is also is my 3rd preferred Temple of them all (it looks like Richard Corben comics temples, if you have read them), and therefore I have preferred it over Ta Prohm, but hey, that's me and my ComiCon fantasies.

It is far enough yes, but then it assures you that you will be there almost alone!
Which in itself is an unforgettable experience..

By the way, if you need a recommendation for a reliable and cheap tuktuk driver, ours was top notch.
His name is Saren kat, you can contact him by Facebook or his Telephone (092770304).
Send him my best :)

Bottom line of the Top 3 or Top 5 Temples in Siam Reap area.
Written October 14, 2019
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forestgraham
Chester, UK194 contributions
Mar 2016
Bakong temple was built towards the end of the 9th Century AD and shares structural similarities to earlier Javan Temples. An imposing building and in better restorative order than most, it has a central raised pyramid defended by Nagas and internal moats.

A less visited temple made for a more enjoyable visit and it's not to be overlooked.
Written November 8, 2016
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Keith Michael V
Manila, Manila, Philippines314 contributions
Nov 2012 • Solo
Wat Bakong is part of the Roluos Group some 13 kilometers away from the Siem Reap town center. If you want to reach Wat Bakong before the sunrise by tuktuk, you have to leave your hotel around 5:00 AM. It would take you about 30-40 minutes to get there from Siem Reap. It may be still dark if you get there, so be sure you have a flashlight or any light source with you so you can navigate across the causeway over the moat safely and to the top of Wat Bakong. Go up all the way to the main tower, sit there, and wait for the sun to rise. Chances are, you will be alone for the whole duration of your stay if you arrive to view the sunrise. So, enjoy it as it only happens seldom.

If you're satisfied with viewing the sunrise, don't leave just yet. Go west of the temple and take wonderful silhouette shots. The temple is just almost perfectly symmetrical and its silhouette is just amazingly unique. Even with its age, the temple is largely complete. As for the carvings and lintels, most of it is in bad state and some are just replicas of the original. However, the level of craftsmanship of the intact ones is still admirable as with other carvings and lintels at other Angkor sites.

Go to Wat Bakong if you don't like the hustle and bustle and the noise from the tourists experienced at the other temples. Best if you go to Wat Bakong early in the morning to view the sunrise. Couple it also with going around the Roluos Group. You are sure to have a maximum of a couple of tourists sharing the sites with you.
Written December 15, 2012
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Krishnan U
Bengaluru, India365 contributions
Oct 2019
Bakong is biggest of the Roluos temples that are around 15kms from Siem Reap. Built in AD 881 by King Indravarman I the temple was dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Bakong is supposed to be the center of Hariharalaya that was the capital of Angkor Kings before it was shifted to the Angkor archeological area.

Temple has a tiered structure, but the climb is not that difficult.
Written December 1, 2019
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CALPerth
PERTH151 contributions
Mar 2017 • Solo
Visited here after looking at the wonderful paintings in the current temple at the Lolei ruins..
This site was far less busy than the main sites..theTuk Tuk trip out is full on though..I loved it. So many interesting things you see ;-)) You get a real insight of busy daily life on the roads traveling this side of Siem Reap.
Written March 17, 2017
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alessandro c
Siem Reap, Cambodia1 contribution
Jan 2017 • Family
i live nearby bakong temple,the village is full of orphanages,ngos,churces..etc..as in any touristy place those activities are aimed at extract cash from the unwary...the tour guide or tuk tuk you are using will probably offer you to visit an ngo..orphanage...or sponsor a well,a house for the needy..a cow..for a very high price.avoid this by refusing to visit any of these places..orphanages pay families up to 25 dollars a month to rent kids...also avoid going to a restaurant sponsored by a guide..which will be pricey..and no good.the guide or tuk tuk driver takes commission by bringing u there.better to rent an electric bike to visit those temples and avoid these scammers altogheter.
Written January 19, 2017
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top-trippers
Bolton, UK641 contributions
Feb 2015 • Couples
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 is larger than the other two Roulous temples – a miniature pyramid state temple including the typical naga balustrades. Some good Khmer bas-reliefs.
Written March 29, 2015
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SujoyP
Australia591 contributions
Aug 2014 • Friends
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 is a temple mountain, built in the style of Angkor Wat, and represents the mythical Mount Meru, which was thought to be the centre of the universe.

The temple is entered by walking along the causeway across a man-made lake, and to the right of the entry is a Buddhist monastery. If you have time be sure to go there and visit the temple as there are some truly beautiful paintings showing the story of Buddha.

Be sure to make the climb to the top level as the views are beautiful, and with all the temples in Cambodia be sure to take your time to enjoy it all and admire the carvings and statues.

In it's time Bakong was the largest building in South East Asia which says a lot about the wealth and power of the Khmer kings. Just amazing!

Things to remember when visiting:-

* Be sure to book a private guide so you can move at your own pace. Make sure you get one that really knows their stuff as hearing the stories and legends around each temple was far more interesting than just hearing the facts. (If you need a guide then feel free to PM me - I'm more than happy to give you a recommendation!)

* Wear sunblock and a hat. It is HOT.

* Go early to avoid the majority of the tourist buses.

* Be sure to take the time to just sit quietly and drink it all in. Bus loads of tourist will come along but they're gone soon enough so be patient.

* Please remember to dress respectfully. Yes, you're on holiday and yes, it's hot but this is a temple.

Enjoy! :)
Written September 24, 2014
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