Baphuon Temple

Attraction Angkor Thom, Siem Reap, Cambodia Published on: 13-11-2015

2 hours
05:00 AM - 06:00 PM
04:00 PM
06:00 PM
Second-time visit
Temple & Monument
20.00 USD

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Baphuon Temple is a lovely stop for tourists to explore the exceptional architecture, the great history and religion and get more interesting knowledge about Angkor

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Why Baphuon Temple is special ?

This imposing temple-mountain was the centerpiece of Sūryavarman I’s (1002-1050) capital. It was completed by his son Udayādityavarman II. This tall Shiva temple was reconfigured in the 16th century with the construction of a colossal reclining Buddha on the West face, second tier. Starting in 1908, Jean Commaille began initial site clearing work and other operations, but in 1943 a massive collapse occurred on the northern face. In just one night a quarter of the pyramid’s surface was lost. The sandstone cover material proved to be too thin to contain the massive amounts of sand used to build the pyramid.

What to explore at Baphuon Temple?

The main entrance facing East is a large structure of gopuras connected by galleries. It reminds of the main entrance of Angkor Wat. A number of devata statues decorate the gate. Behind the gate is a sandstone walkway, a little above ground level. About halfway the walkway, between the temple and the entrance gate is a pavilion, its walls decorated with panels containing several depictions of animals, hunters and warriors. On the South end of the walkway is a large pool. On the Western side of the Baphuon is another entrance gate and an enormous reclining Buddha image that was build centuries later, but which was never completed.

How to get to Baphuon Temple?

The Baphuon Temple is located within the old Khmer capital city Angkor Thom, between Bayon Temple and the Elephant Terrace in the Central Angkor Areaological Park in Siem Reap Cambodia.

Selling points

  • Gem of a temple, tucked away
  • Beautiful dimensional Jigsaw Puzzle
  • Outstanding Ancient Structure, Great Atmosphere
  • Tranquil, delightful, different
  • Gorgeous temple with cool view
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3.0 days
457.90 USD
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Angkor Thom, Siem Reap, Cambodia

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  • Inside the third enclosure past the East entrance gopura are the remains of two library buildings with vestibules on all sides.
    What to see
  • Some parts lack fine detail
    What to see
  • You can see trees and stones growing together in a way so strange
    What to see
  • You should carry some water as you might feel very tired and thirsty.
    What to bring
  • You should bring a hat and lots of sunscreen. The sunlight is very hot
    What to bring
  • You need to bring your camera, you will get the best photos there
  • An expert local tour guide from Siem Reap will ensure you get the very best from your visit here
  • Kids under 12 are not allowed to climb up
  • You might not find anything unusual about this place unless you really read the history of this temple
  • You should be careful walking through some of the low doorways
  • You should make sure you don't wear tank tops. covering of knees and shoulders are required
    What to wear
  • It's steep and tricky to climb
  • Being within Angkor Thom also, you can combine with your choice of any of the temples within the ancient city.
    Things nearby
  • Views from the top of the pyramid are excellent


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Be careful of the steep stairs.

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Different style to the surrounding temples. The walk up and down can be treacherous. Wear shoes with a good grip, especially in wet weather

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must be careful when you walk up the stairs.

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Built in 10th century and the structure still quite intact.

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Lots of unbelievably steep stairs but worth it for the view.

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Different style to the surrounding temples. The walk up and down can be treacherous. Wear shoes with a good grip, especially in wet weather

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