Siem Reap - Angkor Archeaological Park (Part 2)

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Baphuon

Baphuon is supposed to represent Mount Meru and was one of the largest and grandest structures in Angkor. It is located to the Northwest of the Bayon. Baphuon was under major restoration during my visit there.

Under major restoration

Terrace of the Elephants
This terrace was used by King Jayaverman VII as a platform to view his victorious returning army. The terrace is 350 meter long was also used as a giant reviewing stand for public ceremonies and serves as a base for the King's grand audience.

The center staircase at the main wall of The Terrace of Elephants


Phnom Bakheng
Phnom Bakheng was built at the end of 9th century and the first temple-mountain constructed in Angkor. Located atop a hill, it is a popular tourist spot to view the sunset. The view of the Angkor Wat is featured in a  movie Tom Raider when Lara Croft looks through the binoculars upon arriving in Cambodia. It took us around 30 mins to hike to the top. 

It took us around 30 mins to reach here. We still need to climb the staircase to reach to the top
I'm on the top weeeeeeeeeeeee!!!
On our way down

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