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Sunset at Phnom Bakheng

Phnom Bakheng was a Hindu temple in the form of a temple mountain at Angkor. Dedicated to Shiva, it was built at the end of the 9th century atop a hill. We past it several times before eventually stopping on this evening to walk up for the sun set.

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Phnom Bakheng always seemed to teem with tourists and today was no exception. It seemed to be especially popular for the sunset views. To reach the temple, visitors first have to climb the hill it sits on by way of a gently sloping path that curves around it.

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For those of whom this was too much effort, or who wished for a more exotic experience, elephants with their mahouts could be hired at the bottom to go up via a different route.

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The temple ruins of Ankor often seemed to have busker bands playing for donations.

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Once at the top of the hill, the temple is next.

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Like Pre Rup the previous day, this temple was packed with tourists waiting with cameras in hand for the sun set.

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There were also a trio of monks who were content to photograph themselves oblivious to others (like me) who were photographing them too.

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More information about Phnom Bakheng on Wikipedia.


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