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Angkor Thom Part 3 - The Three-Tiered Baphuon Temple

The Baphuon was a three-tiered temple mountain built as a state temple and dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva.

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This sign below shows the shape of a reclining Buddha that's about nine metres tall by seventy metres long. Built on the west side's second level, it was probably a result of the Baphuon being converted to a Buddhist temple in the late 15th century.

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In real life the statue isn't obvious, but the diagram on the sign helped to make it easier to see.

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At the time, restoration work was taking place and apparently would probably continue to do so for many more years.

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Linh and I climbed up to have a look at the top of the Baphuon whilst our guide stayed below. We came across a young Cambodian teenager at the top who began to follow us around, telling us about the history of the place. When we didn't seem that interested he moved onto other tourists.

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Some of the trees near the Baphuon.... this one apparently resembles an elephant.

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Next : Terrace of the Elephants and the Terrace of the Leper King

More information about the Baphuon on Wikipedia


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