A place where not many people visit and you are likely to be alone.
Baksai Chamkrong is small temple is located just outside Angkor Thom Archaeology Park and on the left-hand side, just before getting to South Gate Entrance – and if you didn’t know about this place – you are likely to miss it.
The name Baksei Chamkrong means “The Bird Who Shelters Under the Wings” and according to legend, during an enemy attack on Angkor, the king was saved when a giant bird swooped down and rescued him. The temple was dedicated to the Hindu religion and believed to have once held a golden statue of Shiva inside.
It is the only pyramid from the 10th century and it is one of the oldest temples in the area, built by King Rajendravarman II.
This is known by writings on the door jamb in Sanskrit and the information is unique in many ways – because it describes the succession of Kings before the Angkor reign. It is one of the only remaining accounts of the royal lineage of the Khmer empire.
Baksai Chamkrong is constructed like a step pyramid with a Hindu Stupa upon the top. There are four entrances in the direction north, south, east and west that is a common theme within Khmer architecture. Due to massive erosion of the steps, it is almost impossible to now get to the top to see these writings however despite this – the temple is in remarkably good condition.
Many people don’t know about – or bypass this temple, so it is a great place where you may be alone to meditate and soak up the vibe.
TIP: Located in a forest setting Baksai Chamkrong is nice place to take photos, especially in early morning or before sunset as the colors of the sandstone throws off browns, golds, amber and rich reds.
Because Baksai Chamkrong is a little known temple but very close to the South Gate Entrance (before you cross on the left hand side), you are likely to have the place to yourself – so it is a good place to sit, meditate and take in the vibes that this special area has to offer.