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Why Baphuon Temple is special ?
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.
The walkway from the Eastern gate leads to the third enclosure, that has an entrance gate on all four sides. The enclosure was surrounded by galleries, most of which have disappeared. In the 15th century the stones were used to construct the giant reclining Buddha on the West end of the temple.
Inside the third enclosure past the East entrance gopura are the remains of two library buildings with vestibules on all sides.
The second enclosure has four entrance gopuras that are decorated with several depictions from Hindu mythology, including scenes from the Indian epics Ramayana and Mahabharata, as well as flower patterns, animals, warriors fighting battles and devata figures.
Single sanctuary prasat
The top of the structure is a platform measuring 42 meters long by 36 meters wide with a single sanctuary of which very little is left today. Inside was enshrined the most important linga, the representation of Shiva. The platform is surrounded by a gallery with an entrance gopura on each of its four sides.
- Gem of a temple, tucked away
- Beautiful dimensional Jigsaw Puzzle
- Outstanding Ancient Structure, Great Atmosphere
- Nice view on top
- Gorgeous temple with cool view
Angkor Thom, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Tips for you
Baphuon ruin located inside Angkor Thom city about 200m from famous mysterious faces of Bayon ruin. On site there are piles of rocks more spread out and steep stair to access the top level ( please wear proper dress ) luckily it has new wooden stairs and hand rail to accommodate. On top has beautiful scenery and cool breeze to calm down your tiredness and dry of your sweaty from climbing and it is amazing so far.