Phnom Bakheng is a sanctuary mountain to pay tribute to the Hindu god Shiva and one of the most established sanctuaries in the Angkor Archaeological Park. On account of its area on a 60-meter high slope, Phnom Bakheng turned into an exceptionally famous traveler spot for its heavenly dusk sees over Angkor Wat.
History of Phnom Bakheng
Amid his rule, King Yasovarman I (889 – 910 CE) moved the capital of his domain from Roluos to the area which is currently known as Angkor. Here, he made a gigantic city of 16 square kilometers; greater than Angkor Thom, which was fabricated later. In the focal point of this city, King Yasovarman assembled his State Temple over a characteristic slope, known as Phnom Bakheng slope.
Structure and Symbolism
Phnom Bakheng is a pyramid formed sanctuary comprising of 7 levels, symbolizing the hallowed Mount Meru and the 7 Hindu sky. 108 towers were organized on the ground and upper levels of the sanctuary, symbolizing the 4 lunar periods of every 27 days in length. Lamentably, the vast majority of these towers crumbled. The sanctuary was dedicated to the god Shiva and filled in as a tomb for ruler Yasovarman I.
Arriving and Around
Phnom Bakheng is found 400 meter south of Angkor Thom. In case you’re drawing closer from Angkor Wat, at that point Phnom Bakheng slope is to one side, set once more from the street. It merits halting. A sandy way twists up the slope to the foot of the sanctuary. From here, steep and restricted stairs lead you to the best porch. The view is amazing and in the event that you visit at dusk it’s an alleviating approach to end the day.
Elephant rides (US$ 15) to the foot of the sanctuary are accessible amid nightfall also. Nonetheless, it’s a smart thought to peruse about elephant tourism and maybe stay away from this specific ‘fascination’. Asian elephants are jeopardized and are liable to different types of mishandle keeping in mind the end goal to give visitor rides. Read more here.
At the point when to Visit
Given that Phnom Bakheng’s fundamental fascination is its nightfall see over Angkor Wat, design your visit for the late evening. Arrive before the actual arranged time (4pm) on the off chance that you need a decent spot on the south-east corner. Particularly in high season the sanctuary can get swarmed. Note that you’ll require a decent zoom focal point to make a nearby picture of Angkor Wat, which is 1.3km away. On the other hand, there’s an awesome nightfall see over West Baray on the inverse side (north-west corner).
In the wake of getting a charge out of the nightfall, be cautious moving down Phnom Bakheng sanctuary’s precarious strides. A little electric lamp will prove to be useful.