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“Tall pyramid temple”
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Phimeanakas
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Private Tour: Angkor Wat and The Royal Temples Full-Day Tour from Siem Reap
Ranked #61 of 180 things to do in Siem Reap
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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“Tall pyramid temple”
Reviewed 20 August 2014

Tall 3 tiered pyramid shaped Hindu temple west of the Terrace of the Elephants and next to Baphuon. Worth a climb to the top for an view of the surroundings.

Visited August 2014
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“Small Pyramid with a Steep Climb”
Reviewed 6 August 2014

This pyramid temple lies within the former royal palace complex. You can access this from the main road as well as through a side gate of Baphoun. There is not much to see, but the climb is quite nice and there is a view of the surroundings from the top. There is only one staircase still functional, the other 3 sides are closed as they are too dangerous. There are statues of elephants on every corner and lions near the staircases.
If you are short of time, then you can skip this. The main interest for this stems from the myth that one of the ancient Khmer kings used to sleep here with a woman who was a human incarnation of the 7 headed snake - Naga.
Same ticket as the one for the entire Angkor park.

Visited July 2014
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Sydney, Australia
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“Small but tall and exquisite”
Reviewed 16 July 2014

This temple is a petite but three level delight set in the centre of the Royal Enclosure of the huge city of Angkor Thom. Apparently its name means celestial palace, and might have once been topped by a golden spire. That would have been a joy to behold! It's now worth a visit for its soaring staircases and guardian lion figures and you meander towards the Terrace of the Elephants.

Visited June 2014
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Large solid pyramid”
Reviewed 29 April 2014

Also known as the Kings Temple. This is part of the former Royal Palace at the heart of Angkor Thom complex. Built for Jayavarman V in the late 10th C. It is a giant red brick pyramid, which you can climb. It is one of the few high viewpoints in Angkor Thom. Legend states that there was once a gold tower on top of the temple which was inhabited by a serpent.

Visited May 2013
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Quezon City, Philippines
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“Largely preserved temple”
Reviewed 20 March 2014

The Phimeanakas is part of the Royal Palace complex near the center of Angkor Thom, and I reached it via the Terrace of the Elephants. The temple is largely preserved, and is a series of platforms with a gallery on top, and is accessed in ancient times by four very steep steps, now largely eroded and, even in my adventurous mood at that time, I won't attempt to climb. Fortunately there's a stair - but it's only one person wide! Anyone climbing up would have to wait for everybody to go down before doing so.

Upon reaching the top, I realized that the gallery was pretty small - I had to crouch to go around. In places were wooden supports and the stones were padded with pieces of old rubber tires. Made me think that these old, old stones can just come crashing down, especially given the fact that the ancient Khmers used the unstable corbelled arch rather than a true arch.

After a look around, I went down the rickety one-person steps and continued my Angkor Thom tour.

Visited November 2013
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