Phnom Bakheng, Angkor, Cambodia

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Phnom Bakheng

 

In the language of the Khmer, the word "Phnom" translates to "hill" in English. Just a short distance from Angkor Thom is Phnom Bakheng, a 65 meter high hill just south of the Thom’s gate. Phnom Bakheng is the area’s sole natural hill. The view on top of this hill just before the sun sets makes the steep climb worth it. The Angkor Wat’s famous 5 towers disappear into the jungle as the sun goes down the Baray’s western side.

The building of this monument on Phnom Bakheng is the first significant temple to be built in the area of Angkor. Its construction signified the change of the capital of the empire of the Khmer to Angkor in the latter part of the ninth century from Roluos. The Phnom Bakheng was used as King Yasovarman It's main temple at the heart of Yasodharapura, his new state capital. The Bakheng’s foundation was carved from the original rock pile instead of the earthfill and laterite which was used in the other temples.

The hilltop of Bakheng is the most famous place to view the sunset in the vicinity, giving a spectacular view of the Angkor Wat and Tonle Sap Lake. During sunset, crowds gather at the temple it becomes easily congested, oftentimes completely crowded with tourists.