Visiting the re-opened Bakan

In the previous post I mentioned the re-opening to visitors of the highest tower at Angkor Wat – the bakan. Here’s an excerpt from a nice article from Byron Perry that appeared in the the Phnom Penh Post:

“I was hoping to be one of the first barang to visit the sacred third level of Angkor Wat in three years as I bounded up the steep, wheeze-inducing steps to the Bakan, as it’s called, on January 18. The Bakan had been closed since 2007 for renovation by Khmer, German and Italian archaeological teams. My hopes were dashed when the guard at the top informed me in broken English that 10,000 people had already visited in the three days it’d been open. I wandered not-alone down the 60-metre-long, dark stone hallways, inside of which are four central courtyards that are great for taking photos of the ornate carvings of the five central towers.”

You can read the whole article here.

(Thinking of visiting the temples of Angkor Wat? Don’t forget to check out my friend Savuth’s tuk tuk services and all the handy information available on Angkortuktuk!)

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~ by Leonard on February 8, 2010.

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