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Baphuon, Angkor Thom, Angkor

Baphuon Temple Angkor

  • The Baphuon, is a large Khmer temple dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva in Angkor Thom, just north from the Bayon and on the south side of the Royal Palace wall. It was built in the middle of the 10th century and its architecture is of the Baphuon style.
  • The temple has long been in ruins due to the sandy foundations and some alterations in the 15th century when it was converted from being a Hindu temple to a Buddhist temple.
  • An interesting feature is the elevated stone pathway taking visitors from the front Gate to the monument itself (as shown in the images on this page).
  • The Baphuon is immense, being 100 meters on its north south sides and 120 meters on it east to west sides. It presently stands 34 meters high and originally was over 50 meters with its former tower. In the 13th century Chinese visitors to Angkor record it as having a bronze roof.

Baphuon Angkor