Part of the Roulous group of temples that were build several hundred years before Angkor Wat by King Indravarman I, Bakong is maybe the best preserved of the temples, with a central prang and surrounding towers meant to mimic the holy Hindu mountain of Mt. Meru. The actual structure is quite intact with elephant statues, carvings all over and various towers in the process of being restored. Without seeing Angkor Wat first, you're quite impressed by the sight.
However, here of the Roulous group has the most children selling souvenirs and singing songs for money. It can be trying with tourist groups and hawkers to find peace, even on a structure as large as Bakong. But I would recommend this temple as nice day out to the Roulous group.
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