During my first ever visit to Angkor Wat I tried to do too much and consequently missing great temples (like this one) at the expense of others. Thankfully on my return in December 2022, I was able to visit the ones I missed. This one is The Baphuon Temple. which quickly has become one of my favourites!
\Baphuon is a beautiful 11th century “temple-mountain” with steep stairs leading visitors to a terrace which offers one of the best views in the Angkor Archaeological Park. Archaeologists believe that this pyramid-style temple, located within the city of Angkor Thom, was probably among the most impressive of the Angkor temples in its day.
Though it was originally dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva, Baphuon was converted to a Buddhist temple in the 15th century. As a result of this conversion, hidden on the west-facing section of the third enclosure wall is a giant reclining Buddha. The brickwork forming the reclining Buddha image is nine meters (30 feet) tall and 70 meters (230 feet) long. The statue was built into the west side of the temple’s second level. You may be able to see in my photos about halfway through the slideshow.
And no! I did not climb the stairway! it was too hot and too steep for me!