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4/20/2003--Angkor Wat Temples, Siem Reap, Cambodia. ..Piles of stones at BAPHUON...North of the Golden Tower [Bayon]?. rises the Tower of Branze [Baphuon] higher even than the Golden Tower : a truly astonishing spectacle , with more than ten chambers at its base...Prasat Baphuon is located 200 metres (656 feet) northwest of the Bayon and south of Phimeanakas. .A enter and leave at the east. It was built in middle of the 11th century (1060) by king Udayadityavarman II,  dedicated to Siva (Hindu) with following Prasat Baphuon...BACKGROUND .The grandeur of Baphuon as described above by Zhou Daguan is unrecognizable today because of the poor condition of the temple. The French were in the process of restoring this temple when they were forced leave Angkor in 1972 because of war. Baphuon is situated inside the royal city of Angkor Thom but dates from the eleventh century and was built before the city was established. An interesting feature of Baphuon are the bas-reliefs which are scenes carved in small squares...Photograph by Stuart Isett.©2003 Stuart Isett