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List of some of the temples according to the year of construction:

Preah Ko | Bakong | Lolei | Phnom Krom | Prasat Kravan | East Mebon | Pre Rup | Banteay Srei | Phimeanakas and the Royal Palace | Ta Keo | Baphuon | Angkor Wat | Banteay Samre | Srah Srang | Preah Khan | The Elephants Terrace | Neak Pean | Ta Som | Ta Prohm | Banteay Kdei | Bayon | Leper King Terrace


Baphuon, a Hindu temple that means “hidden temple”, was built in 1060's by Udayadityavarman II. It is situated at approximately 3.5 kilometers/2.2 miles to the north of the western gate of Angkor Wat or just to the south of the Royal Palace enclosure.

Baphuon, a single pyramid temple also known as “the golden mountain”, is one of a few temples that were destroyed by the Khmer Rouge. It was initially found by the French in the early 1900’s and being restored in the 1960’s by a French archaeologists team. The restoration took so long time due to the Cambodia’s civil war around 1970-1993 and it’s restarted in 1995. The restoration project is being completed in April 2011 and reopened to the public on 3 July 2011.

There are a few ponds right in front of the temple where King Udayadityavarman II used to meditate. Today, they are the place to clean the temple’s stones and sometimes visitors might see children swimming in there.

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Angkor Wat

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Banteay Samre

Banteay Samre was built by King Suryavarman II in the mid 1100's and was known as the citadel of the Samre. The "Samre" is the name of a group of indigenous people who originally lived around mount Kulen (northeast of Siem Reap).

Tourists usually visit this temple after a morning visit to Banteay Srei and prior to visiting other temples in either great or small circuits.

Here, visitors might be greeted by an “unofficial guide” (such as the Banteay Samre warden) who might approach foreign visitors and start explaining about the temple. If you are willing to “accept” his effort, a small tip of a dollar or so after “the tour” should make the person happy.

For those who hire electric bikes, there is an electric bike station nearby.

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Srah Srang

Srah Srang is a Buddhism related site where King Jayavarman VII used to bath (some historians believe it was also a place to meditate) in the late 12th century.

The size of this man-made reservoir is approximately 750 meters (820 yards, east-west) by 350 meters (382 yards, north-south), and the entrance is situated approximately 1.3 kilometers (1400 yards) to the north of Prasat Kravan. Across the road on its west direction is Banteay Kdei.

Toilets are available on the road junction, located to the north of the temple.

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