Baphuon

Baphuon, Angkor 2017

Baphuon is located 200 meters northwest of the Bayon and just south of the older temple pyramid Phimeanakas. It was completed around 1060 and formed the center of the capital of Udayadityavarman II. This extraordinarily large temple mountain finally collapsed, as the weight of the galleries, Gopuram and corner towers became too heavy. At present, the complex is being restored in a multi-year project. The Baphuon, a majestic temple mountain built in honor of the Hindu god Shiva, is one of the most important vestiges of the Angkor period.

From the East Gate, the Temple Mountain can be reached via a stone footbridge, which was probably once made of wood, similar to what is still found in Cambodian pile-dwelling villages. On the west side, visitors will see the remains of a colossal, lying Buddha made in the 16th century using materials from the temple ruins.

 

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