Small but delightfully proportioned
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This single brick tower is set on a steep laterite stepped pyramid, located just off the road between Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom at the foot of Phnom Bakheng.
A small but delightfully proportioned temple, Baksei Chamkrong is well worth a quick stop if you're passing by. Set among tall trees it's an oasis of tranquility, with often plentiful birdlife, before you reach the hectic South gate of Angkor Thom.
Baksei Chamkrong is one of the few constructions dating to the short reign of Harshavarman I (910 to 922), and was built in honour of his parents — being aptly situated at the foot of his father's greatest achievement, the temple of Bakheng. There are some well-preserved sandstone carvings including an impressive lintel of Indra riding the three-headed elephant Airavata.
The temple was repaired and re-consecrated by Rajendravarman II in 948 after a period of civil war had caused extensive damage to the capital of Yasodharapura.
More detailsAbout 300m south of Angkor Thom's south gate, on the west side of the road
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