Phnom Bakheng

Phnom Bakheng is a temple dedicated to Shiva, built at the top of a hill situated close to Angkor Thom.

Constructed more than two centuries before Angkor Wat, Phnom Bakheng was in its day the principal temple of the Angkor region, historians believe. It was the architectural centerpiece of a new capital, Yasodharapura, that Yasovarman built when he moved the court from the capital Hariharalaya in the Roluos area located to the southeast.

The top of the hill is a popular spot for watching the sunset, and it can be reached via a winding path that leads to the foot of the temple.