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Roulos Group - Bakong


The most impressive member of the Roulos Group, Bakong sits at the centre of the first Angkorian capital, Hariharalaya. Bakong stands 15 meters tall and is 650 m x 850 m at the outer wall. Constructed by the third Angkorian-era king as his state-temple, Bakong represents the first application of the temple-mountain architectural style on a grand scale and set the architectural tone for the next 400 years. The temple displays the early use of stone instead of brick. Alyhough begun by Indravarman 1, Bakong was expanded by later kings. The uppermost section and tower may have been added as late as the 12th century A.D. Some of the lintel carvings, particulalry on the outer towers, are in very good shape.