State temple of the first city in the core of Angkor – named Yasodharapura – Phnom Bakheng was dedicated about 907. Its hilltop location overlooks the Angkor site. It now offers visitors a splendid view on Angkor Wat and the Western Baray.
Its builders erected 44 sanctuaries at ground level, 60 small sanctuaries on the pyramid steps and 5 sanctuaries at the top, the total number being in accordance with the symbolism of the Hindu mythology.
Warning, for safety reasons, access to the hills is not allowed to children under 12 years old and to pregnant women. There is a maximum capacity of 300 people for preservation reasons and safety; this is especially relevant around sunset as this is a very popular viewing place.