Added by John Maurizi
Take time to explore this small temple near the South Gate. A nice short side trip.
Baksei Cham Krong means, The bird that shelters under its wings. The legend is that during an attack on Angkor, the king was sheltered by a large bird that spread it's wings and saved the king. Baksei Cham Krong is only one temple. It is constructed out of different materials from what you see at Angkor Wat. Not many people take the time to pull over and walk back to this temple. It is very close to the south gate of Angkor Thom. Many people stop here for photos of the South Gate but miss out by not walking back from the road a bit to take notice.
I walked back and was able to climb to the top. There was a young male on top that directed me to the which of the 4 stair cases was the safest (left side when facing the front). He has knowledge of the temple but his sole purpose was to have you donate money to his education. This was the only temple I've encounter this. He had a book where he writes the name of his contributors. Looking back this was strange. It was one of the first temples I visited and since that time and many trips back, I never experienced this again.
The stairs to the top are steep. It is best to use your hands as well to be safe. The bricks of the stairs have moss and some vegetation. Because of the humidity, it made the steps a little slick.
Inside the temple is an old reclining Buddha and some offerings. I'm not sure if the Buddha is original to Baksei Cham Krong. Take note of the intricately carved Khmer text at the top entrance. Beautifully done.
A nice little side trip. Baksei Cham Krong is located just before entering the South Gate to Angkor Thom. It is on the left when driving from Angkor Wat.
- Light hiking shoes
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