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- Constructed: Late 9th century C.E.
- King/Patron: Indravarman I
- Religion: Hindu
- Style: Preah Ko
- Location: Distance from Siem Reap to Bakong Temple is around 13.5km (20 minutes by car, 30 minutes by Tuk Tuk) from Siem Reap. Take NR6 from Siem Reap town towards Phnom Penh, for about 12km, turn south for about 1km to Bakong. You can visit Bakong temple at any time of the day, but late-afternoon is a good time to see the temple with relatively few crowds, with the possibility to enjoy the sunset there
Bakong Temple is another member impressive temple of Roluos Group (Bakong, Lolei and Preah Ko Temple), sitting at the center of the first Angkorian Capital – Hariharalaya. Bakong Temple stands 15 meters tall and is 650x850m at the outer wall. Constructed by the third Angkorian-era king as his state-temple. Bakong Temple represents the first application of the temple-mountain architectural formula on a grand scale and set the architectural tone for the next 400 years. The temple displays a very early use of stone rather than brick. Though begun by Indravarman I, Bakong received additions and was expanded by later kings. The uppermost section and tower may have been added as late as the 12th century AD. Some of the lintel carvings, particularly on the outer towers, are in very good shape. Picturesque moat and vegetation surround Bakong Temple.
Bakong Tour Note
You can visit Bakong temple at any time of the day, but late-afternoon is a good time to see the temple with relatively few crowds, with the possibility to enjoy the sunset there. A Bakong Temple plan can be useful for orientation, and for highlighting key sights. Both Lolei and Preah Ko are a few minutes drive from Bakong, as well as the seldom-visited Prasat Prei Monti and Prasat Trapeang Phong – refer to our Roluos map. An expert local tour guide from Siem Reap will ensure you get the very best from your visit and the journey between Siem Reap and the site.