Hindu and Buddhist temple

This was my first stop after landing in Siem Reap, Cambodia in July 2016. I was only going to be in town for a few days and wanted to hit this place for a nice sunset and a view of Angkor Wat, which I’d be visiting up close the next day. As you can see, it was a cloudy day, crowded with people and I ended up not really seeing the sunset. However, it was still an interesting place, although not my favorite temple.

Phnom Bakheng (Khmer: ប្រាសាទភ្នំបាខែង) at Angkor, Cambodia, is a Hindu and Buddhist temple in the form of a temple mountain. Dedicated to Shiva, it was built at the end of the 9th century, during the reign of King Yasovarman (889-910). Located atop a hill, it is nowadays a popular tourist spot for sunset views of the much bigger temple Angkor Wat, which lies amid the jungle about 1.5 km to the southeast. The large number of visitors makes Phnom Bakheng one of the most threatened monuments of Angkor. Since 2004, World Monuments Fund has been working to conserve the temple in partnership with APSARA. (Wikipedia)

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