Baphuon Temple is a temple at Angkor, Cambodia.
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Baphuon Temple located in Angkor Thom, northwest of the Bayon.
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Baphuon Temple built as the state temple of Udayadityavarman II dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva.
Baphuon Temple, Siem Reap, Cambodia Baphuon Temple, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Baphuon Temple is the archetype of the Baphuon style.
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Baphuon Temple adjoins the southern enclosure.
Baphuon Temple, Siem Reap, Cambodia Baphuon Temple, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Baphuon Temple was built on land filled with sand.
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Baphuon is located 200 metres (656 feet) northwest of the Bayon and south of Phimeanakas.
Baphuon Temple, Siem Reap, Cambodia Baphuon Temple, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Baphuon Temple overview

In the middle of the 11th century, King Udayadiyavaman II built the Baphuon Temple, which was once one of the most spectacular temples in the Angkor Complex, Siem Reap, Cambodia. Baphuon Temple, located 8 kilometers from Siem Reap Town, was the last capital of the Angkor Kingdom (Cambodia). It’s northwest of the well-known Cambodian temple Bayon.

According to scientists, the size of this temple ranks second in the world (after Angkor Wat). The element contributing to its notoriety, however, is linked to this temple’s unusual fate. When experts found the ruins of Baphuon Temple 50 years ago, the thrilling story of the temple began. The influences of time appeared to be causing the temple to dissipate. The temple was scheduled to be demolished in 1960, but French scientists devised a way to save this important historical site. Separation and numbering of 3,000 stones were done in order to eventually arrange them into a more durable structure.

Highlights of Baphuon Temple

The invasion of the Khmer Rouge army (1970-1975) effectively ended the attempt to repair the temple. As a result of this disaster, Baphuon was left in ruins. The worst part is that both the original appearance and the repair documentation (created by French scientists) have been completely destroyed. Baphuon’s renovation continued until 1995.

Scientists had to work exceedingly hard for 50 years to rebuild Baphuon and restore its original magnificence. It is stated that repairing Baphuon Temple is akin to solving the world’s largest three-dimensional geometry puzzle. After several natural and human-caused annihilations, Baphuon Temple recovered. The temple will reopen to visitors from all around the world in 2011. More than its gorgeous architecture, the temple’s fortunes have contributed to its fame.

After crossing the Naga Snake Bridge, tourists can enter the temple through the main entrance on the east side. The Khmer Rouge venerated the Naga serpent as the God who protects and wards off evil spirits. In some ways, the Naga serpent bridge reflects the rainbow that connects heaven and earth. This is how you travel to the gods’ residence on the temple’s roof. Contemporary Khmers value the maintenance of these essential ideals as well. When guests enter the shrine, eleven taboos are listed, including no smoking and no making noise.

The grandeur of the enormous stones put along the corridor and the large windows add to the splendor of Baphuon. It is built on a hill in the style of Khmer architecture. The temple’s massive stone steps add to its grandeur. Standing atop the temple, you can admire Angkor Thom’s spectacular architecture, which is covered in the shadow of a thousand-year-old tree.

The fascinating stories of the legendary Angkor empire are etched in old Sanskrit words on the aisles or in bas-reliefs on the stone. Visitors often stay longer to see the well-known Buddha statue carved on a 40-meter wall at the temple’s western entrance. Because of its remarkable beauty, this structure is acknowledged as a Baphuon architectural trademark that distinguishes it from the numerous other temples in the vicinity. This is more proof of Khmer religious conversion over history. Baphuon Temple Cambodia was originally built to worship God Shiva, but it has transformed into a Buddhist temple since the 16th century.

Every day, thousands of visitors from all around the world visit Baphuon Temple. A conundrum for modern scientists is that, in addition to its rebuilt structure, this temple still has riddles surrounding it. So let us go see this incredible gem for ourselves and relish in its radiance!

How to travel to Baphuon Temple?

Baphuon Temple is located in the Angkor Temple Complex, it is about 10km from the center of Siem Reap town to this historical site and it takes about 15 minutes by drive.

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