Bakong

Bakong is the most impressive member of the Roluos Group, sitting at the center of the first Angkorian capital, Hariharalaya. Bakong is the first temple mountain of sandstone constructed on a grand scale by rulers of the Khmer Empire.

Bakong is the most impressive member of the Roluos Group, sitting at the center of the first Angkorian capital, Hariharalaya. The Rolous Group was the former capital of the Khmer Empire prior to the relocation to Angkor and Prasat Bakong was the "Angkor Wat" of the earlier period.  In fact, Prasat Bakong shares many architectural similarities with Angkor Wat, but on a reduced scale

Bakong is the first temple mountain of sandstone constructed on a grand scale by rulers of the Khmer Empire. In the final decades of the 9th century, it served as the official state temple of King Indravarman I in the ancient city of Hariharalaya (Roluos). The structure of Bakong took shape of stepped pyramid, popularly identified as temple mountain of early Khmer temple architecture.

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