Baphuon Temple

Baphuon Temple, Siem Reap

Baphuon Temple
4.5
Historic Sites • Ancient Ruins
5:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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5:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Friday
5:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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5:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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LuizDutraNeto
Rio de Janeiro, RJ8,613 contributions
Jan. 2020
While visiting the ancient Khmer capital city of "Angkor Thom" and just between its temples of "Phimeanakas" and "Bayon", you cannot miss "Baphuon" - a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and built, in the 11th century, by King Udayadityavarman II as his State-temple. Built in the "Baphuon" architectural style, it is a symbolic representation of Mount Meru, the sacred five-peaked mountain of Hindu and Buddhist cosmology and center of all the physical, metaphysical and spiritual universes. "Baphuon", a pyramid temple-mountain, is also known as the "Bronze Tower". Steep stairways lead to its terrace and to awesome views of "Angkor Thom", as well as of part of "Angkor Archaelogical Park". It has been recently restored and displays beautiful bas-reliefs related to the Hindu religion. With the construction, in the 12th century, of "Angkor Thom" by King Jayavarman VII, "Baphuon" was converted into a Buddhist temple. A large reclining Buddha statue can be seen at its West side. Visiting "Baphuon" and climbing up may be quite difficult and physically demanding, therefore hiring a professional guide is needed and highly recommended. "Baphuon" is best pictured in early mornings or late afternoons. Enjoy!
Written 28 October 2020
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Joel K
Vancouver, Canada3,033 contributions
Nov. 2019
This temple was 5 levels it was reopened in 2011. it is 150 years older than any other building in the Angkor Thom complex. It was built for the Goddess Shiva.
Written 17 April 2020
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Linda B
Raleigh, NC2,203 contributions
Feb. 2020
It was the end of a very long and hot day so I relaxed after taking a photo of the reclining Buddha.
Written 15 April 2020
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chuckymustdie
623 contributions
Mar. 2020
This temple is often skipped by tourists doing the circuit tour of Angkor Thom as it is beside the more famous Bayon temple and they are in a hurry to fit the big three in along with the rest of the crowd. This was our 2nd visit to Siem Reap and we were doing the lesser visited temples. Baphuon was our first stop for the day and we shared it with about 5 other tourists the whole time which was amazing. The raised walkway towards the temple is impressive and seems to go on forever then you get to the foot of the temple and you realise just how massive it is. The temple is in great condition and has some awesome reliefs. The view from the top is incredible. Do not by pass this temple, it is fantastic
Written 13 April 2020
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Craig E
Manchester, UK1,727 contributions
Mar. 2020 • Couples
Another beautiful temple located within the walls of Angkor Thom.
This temple has a really long and impressive walkway to the front.
It is in a pyramid style and dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva.
The walk up to the top of the temple is nice, with some lovely views.
Not just another temple, definitely worth a visit :)
Written 9 April 2020
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bob2bkk
Bangkok, Thailand5,702 contributions
Mar. 2020 • Friends
While walking thru and admiring the Angkor Thom complex, make sure to see the Baphuon Temple somewhat north of Bayon. It dates back to the 11th century and is one of the oldes temples located here. Originally built as a Hindu Temple, it later converted to Buddhist Temple when the reclining Buddha was built. You will be amazed at all the intricate carvings that have held up over the past 8-900 years.
Written 1 April 2020
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Don R
Pacific Grove, CA5 contributions
Feb. 2020 • Couples
This is a Shiva temple and a nice place to claim up to see the view on top and around. Next to this temple is the Royal palace ground.
Written 19 March 2020
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Rune T
Lund, Sweden403 contributions
Feb. 2020 • Solo
A very big temple mountain with a long bridge leading to the entrance. Art interested visitors can enjoy some relief sculptures.
Written 16 February 2020
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Perry H
San Diego, CA1,823 contributions
Feb. 2020 • Friends
A Temple built like none other and accessible across a pillar supported bridge with ponds on both sides . This very unique Temple is very scenic and worth the visit
Written 8 February 2020
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China141,892 contributions
Jan. 2020
Baphuon is an 11th-century pyramid style temple just to the northwest of the famous Bayon Temple. There is a long causeway approach to Baphuon. From there you enter the temple and are able to walk around it. Very little shade is on offer inside the temple. There are multiple levels, which you can climb in order to enjoy elevated views of the area.

The most interesting aspect of Baphuon for us was the image of the Reclining Buddha which was partially visible in the back of the temple wall. There is information at the back so you can read about this feature at Baphuon while viewing. This was really neat to see even if the Reclining Buddha is in quite a deteriorated state.

In the end, allow 20-30 minutes for your visit to Baphuon. It is a short walk from Bayon so makes sense to visit immediately afterwards. You can then proceed to see the Terrace of the Elephants, Terrace of the Leper King and Phimeanakas depending on how much time you have allotted to spend within Angkor Thom.
Written 3 February 2020
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