Angkor Thom, Siem Reap

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Angkor Thom features the epic remains of the last "great city" of the Khmer Empire. Founded in the 12th century by King Jayavarman VII, the city was a true administrative, military, and religious center of the kingdom. The wooden structures have long collapsed, but the stone walls, five gates, and terraces adorned with elaborate carvings still remain, with some portions completely restored--such as the popular south gate. To approach this gate you need to walk through a moat between two rows of statues holding the seven-headed Naga (giant serpent)--symbolizing the passage from the world of people to the world of goods. A Buddhist temple sited at the center inside the walls represents the connection between heaven and earth. Do not miss the terrace decorated with elephant carvings where royal parties took place. Put Angkor Thom into our Siem Reap trip planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • This place is a great place to see another temple other than the main temples. It’s still in wonderful shape and very easily moved about. On the tour go to this place. It’s right down the road from th...  more »
  • Personally really liked me one of the most beautiful temples in Cambodia. You should really not only Angkor Wat see also a few others.
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  • Another superb visit. Like other temple sites Angkor Thom exudes awe ,mystery and wonder. It is a spiritual gem and another must visit.  more »
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  • This is such an awesome place. Epic ruins everywhere. Ancient buildings in very good condition. I recommend for everybody who want to see something epic. I think one day is not enough to see everything in this place. I rented bikecycle and tried to ride around all the temples but it's impossible. I am sure that I saw the biggest temples but not everything. So if you want to clearly see everything and just relax it's better to buy 3 days pass. I remember that I bought 1 day pass for 37$. Have a nice trip ;)
  • My favourite of the Angkor complexes. Unfortunately it does get quite (very!) busy here so I would recommend visiting as early as possible. You probably don't need more than 30 minutes here for a quick tour but you could easily spend much more time. This site is known for the many faces of Buddha depicted across the site.
  • What a truly wonderful place on earth! It's magical! I have very much enjoyed visiting Angkor Thom as well as several other temples. To be quite honest, the only negative point is the rudeness of many Chinese tourists who simply don't respect some basic rules (clearly stated in different languages in each temple) and their guides don't seem to keen on asking them to shut up and respect the site and other visitors.
  • We felt amazed to see Angkor Thom. The architecture was incredibly beautiful. The faces on each wall were impressive. It was blended with the nature nicely. We saw many big trees merging with the wall of Angkor Thom amazingly. Once in your lifetime, you need to visit here.
  • Wow. Well worth a visit. The temples are truly outstanding. I took a wander through the forest and came across some slightly less restored temples which were fascinating. Give yourself at least two hours to explore here and bring water as it is very, very hot. A must see if you are in Siem Reap or even Cambodia.
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