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“A peaceful temple”
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Bakong
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Private Tour: Angkor Wat and The Royal Temples Full-Day Tour from Siem Reap
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Private Tour: Angkor Wat Ancient Temples Full-Day Tour from Siem Reap
Ranked #26 of 180 things to do in Siem Reap
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Owner description: Built in the late 9th century by Indravarman I, this is the state temple dedicated to Shiva as Indreshvara.
Reviewed December 21, 2012

Liked it because there was not many tourists to share the space with. It's very peaceful and tranquil and if you read the Lonely Planet guide alongside as you explore each tier//part of the temple, it's very educational. We heard from one of the local guides that someone was badly hurt when they stood on a precarious block of leatherette. We were careful and not step on edge, of cos. We like it!

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Reviewed December 15, 2012

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.

3  Thank Keith Michael V
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Reviewed September 28, 2012

This temple is a little drive away from Siem Reap (tuk tuks will also take you) and is well worth a visit, you can also visit two other temples near by : Lolei and Preah Ko. The three of them together form what is called the Rolous Group of temples.
Eating/drinking and toilets can be a little scarsed around this area, so take enough water with you.

Thank KarinJeck
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Reviewed August 20, 2012

This temple is over 1100 years old and still stands strong and mighty. One great thing about this temple is that it is not flooded with the torrential Chinese, Japanese & Korean tourists who do tend to get noisy in groups. No offence meant, but I personally hated the noise these groups created in Angkor Vat.

In spite of its age, a lot of the temple is intact and is a must visit.

1  Thank Surya1313
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Reviewed July 25, 2012

This temple is good, is no very busy or loaded with vendors.
From the top you can see most of the Angkor park so make sure you have the camera ready.

1  Thank davodiaz
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