View from the corner of the great pyramid of Bakong. Archaeologists have pondered over the pyramidal structure of Bakong, which later became the standard design of many of Angkor's state temples. There are no pyramidal temples in India, from where the Khmers adapted Hindu temple architecture norms. Neither were they adapted by the Chams, the neighborhood Indianized kingdom practicing Hinduism. The only place in South East Asia where the pyramidal structure pre-dates Bakong is Java under the Shailendra dynasty. So did the Khmers adapt the pyramid from the Javanese?