The famous Phnom Bakheng is considered as one of the oldest Angkor temples, built in the late ninth century; it is the first mountain style temple. The temple represents Mount Meru, the dwelling of the Hindu gods. Dedicated to Hindu god Shiva, it is located on top of a hill and is considered as a popular tourist attraction. Temple is constructed facing the east. The breathtaking sunset views from the temple attract arrays of tourists to the temple complex. Those visiting the Phnom Bakheng temple can admite beautiful views of the Angkor Wat temple located amidst the jungles 1.5km to the south east and is a must see when in the region.
Travellers looking for accommodation in the region could consider a stay at a boutique hotel Siem Reap has in store such as Anantara Angkor Resort & Spa that could be the starting point of your excursions. The Hindu temple has been constructed under the reign of Yasovarman and has been the belief of the historians that the mountain like temple complex has been an architectural centrepiece of his new capital. The temple consists of seven tiers to represent the seven heavens as well as 12 towers in each terrace to represent the 12 year cycle of Jupiter. It is believed that the Phnom Bakheng is an astronomical calendar set in stone.
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