With its Buddhist school, the Bakong temple is certainly a lively old place. The monks, enveloped in saffron robes, are many and the flags, banners and garlands of flowers add vibrancy and colour. Around the temple, erected around 881 by King Indravarman I, who rests beneath an artificial mound of earth surrounded by walls and terraces, you'll spot offerings of fruit and people deep in prayer. The first temple built in sandstone, it has better resisted the lashings of the weather than its neighbours. Its terraces are home to beautiful statues of lions and elephants and the four lateral staircases lead to a sanctuary still used by monks to this day.
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