Phimeanakas Old Gate

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

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The Phimeanakas Old Gate is one of the ancient ruins in Siem Reap's temple complex area of Cambodia. It has been ranked as one of the most important landmarks in the country that have been reviewed by visitors.

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Why Phimeanakas Old Gate is special ?

Phimeanakas, the State Temple of Suryavarman I (1002-1049), is located in the middle of the old Royal Palace area. (The secular palace buildings were made of wood, and have long since disappeared.) The temple is aligned with Jayavarman VII's Victory Gate, although more properly the Victory Gate should be said to be aligned with Phimeanakas. The temple is small (35m x 28m, or 115' x 92'), but impressively rises to a height of about 40m (130'), including the platform + remaining gallery on top.

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What to explore at Phimeanakas Old Gate?

The Phimeanakas Gate, dating back to 1002, is in the inner Royal Palace complex of Angkor Thom, which was the Khmer's final capital, and means great city. The gate is the entry way to the notable Hindu temple of Phimeanakas, which is three levels high with a lion carving on each of the levels. The spire on the top of it is said to have been covered in gold in old days. You can walk along a pathway along the Old Gate that has some shade on one side of it which helps to make it a more pleasant walk. There are several pools in the area that once were part of the grounds of the royal palace of Phimeanakas. These pools were royal baths, one for men and one for women, and were used for ritual bathing


How to get to Phimeanakas Old Gate?

This Hindu temple is located at the west side of the Terrace of the Elephants. Phimeanakas was symbolized as a Sky Palace and was a place of worship. You can reach their by tuk tuk or your own car.

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  • You should carry your camera as there are something interesting to photograph.
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  • There is nothing inside in this temple except two pools, one for male and the other one for female.
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  • You can pack a picnic lunch for a midday break on the banks here
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  • You’re not permitted to swim in the pond
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  • Only the rear staircase is accessible, where a wooden staircase with a handrail has been built atop the worn stone steps
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  • You should go with a tour guide to learn more about the place.
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  • the climbing is very steep and narrow is especially dangerous for those suffering from vertigo
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  • Best time to go is early morning or late afternoon when it's not hot
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  • There are five gates, where the east gate is the most important.
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  • There is a series of platforms with a gallery on top
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Many tourists visit the more famous Elephant Terrace but may miss out on this treasure. Just a few minutes walk through the gate at the back of the Elephant Terrace platform, Phimeanakas is a small tiered pyramid temple standing alone. There is a planked staircase where you can climb up to get a view of the surrounding forest. Next to the temple are two bathing pools, one of which is huge and still retains a little water. This was where the king's harem bathed and only women and eunuchs were allowed here, it seems.Although the temple is not very impressive by the standards of some other temples, it's relative isolation and lone structure creates a very different atmosphere, made special by the quiet and serene surroundings. You can almost hear the concubines splashing and giggling around in the pool. If I had more time, I surely would have enjoyed just sitting at the foot of the temple and just absorbing that ambiance. It was unlike any other temple I visited in Angkor.

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The slop to the toward the gate is look like a camouflage. From outside we hardly see the gate because of the vegetation. Try from the other side of the temple. The area is quiet shady so you can visit at day time without being exposed to sunshine.

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Located within Angkor Thom and not as imposing as the other temples but still not to be missed. It is constructed in three tiered, pyramid design and the top tier offer views of the nearby Baphuon temple. Some of the walls still bear intricate designs and inscriptions. Ancient bathing pools surround the temple.

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Many tourists visit the more famous Elephant Terrace but may miss out on this treasure. Just a few minutes walk through the gate at the back of the Elephant Terrace platform, Phimeanakas is a small tiered pyramid temple standing alone. There is a planked staircase where you can climb up to get a view of the surrounding forest. Next to the temple are two bathing pools, one of which is huge and still retains a little water. This was where the king's harem bathed and only women and eunuchs were allowed here, it seems. Although the temple is not very impressive by the standards of some other temples, it's relative isolation and lone structure creates a very different atmosphere, made special by the quiet and serene surroundings. You can almost hear the concubines splashing and giggling around in the pool. If I had more time, I surely would have enjoyed just sitting at the foot of the temple and just absorbing that ambiance. It was unlike any other temple I visited in Angkor.

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