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Phimeanakas Temple in Cambodia is not as large or imposing as other
Distance from Siem Reap to Phimeanakas temple is around 11km (15 minutes by car, 28 minutes by Tuk Tuk and around an hour by bike). Take Sivatha Road from Siem Reap town and continue until you reach the Angkor Wat Moat. Turn left, and continue toward Bayon. Stop at the Leper King Terrace and walk 10 minutes to the Elephant Terrace, and you will see the distinctive Phimeanakas Temple from here. You can visit Phimeanakas Temple at any time of the day, but mid-afternoon is a good time to see the temple in its best light. A Phimeanakas temple plan can be useful for orientation but the ruined nature of the temple can be confusing. An expert local tour guide from Siem Reap will ensure you get the very best from your visit and the journey between Siem Reap and the site.
Built at the end of the 10th Century by King Rajendravarman II, the main function of Phimeanakas (which means "Celestial Temple") was either for religious ceremonies or for the king himself to worship the Gods. The Temple has undergone several additions since its construction, the most significant of these being in the 11th Century under King Suryavarman I.
"Phimeanakas - the King's Temple! Legend has it that a seven-headed serpent inhabited the Temple's tower, and it was beleieved that the serpent, come nightfall, would disguise itself in the form of a woman with which the Kings of Angkor must make love or else disaster would befall them or their kingdoms. Visit the serpent's lair! "
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