BAPHUON

constructed during the reign of Udayadityavarman II (1050-1066)

A huge structure, Baphuon is yet another Khmer temple meant to represent Mount Meru, home to the Hindu gods (the Indian equivalent of the Greek Mount Olympus). This home to the gods has not stood the test of time, however, and over the centuries has collapsed due to the decay of wooden beams that were designed to help support its massive frame. Reconstruction of the Baphuon ceased in 1972 due to the Cambodian civil war, but is once again underway.

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