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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  • Moat of about 3 km in all directions. This is the Angkor Tom ruins surrounded by walls of 8 m in height. There are five gates. Is the "South Gate", Hokkaido University gate west gate "gate of victory" and "gate of death". Gates, splendid face image 4. In time of war, or "gate of victory", and "death gate" or pass is. Has a temple called the "Bayon" in the middle is a sight to see, so be sure visit. This is the motif on the bridge across the great South Gate, God 54 bodies, Sura 54 bodies, the tug. Total 108 is the number of worldly desires in Buddhism.
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  • Room! In the grounds of about 3 kilometers wide is impossible. Even a small bus to sightseeing. Dazzles with its sculptures of God draw a snake on the bridge across the big moat. None more than this! And archaeological sites, not to mention great contrast between the green trees and blue sky.
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  • Angkor Thom gives some insight into the life of the kings. Bayon Temple is at the centre but attached to the temple and royal palace was a large stadium/arena; carved elephant figures along the length...  more »
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  • Angkor Thom is a far superior temple complex compared to Wat for a few reasons. Firstly, there is only a fraction of the tourists so it’s not overwhelmed and you also don’t get harassed by hawkers. Secondly, it is a lot more intricate with faces carved into almost every facade and three, it is easy to walk to several other sites nearby
  • Price has risen dramatically over the past few years I just hope it doesn't go up again. Very amazing place, just get lost trekking around or driving around on scooter. Much better than Angkor Wat also
  • Historical building and beautiful art. We still wonder this heaven place in the forest but we really pity the oldest temple to stand up and fighting with the sun and raining.
  • This is the big one... and just nearby you have some explanations on the techniques they used to lift up the stones... and when you see this ... you can really realize how difficult work it’s was to build it...
  • Banyan and strangler fig trees have withstood the test of time at Angkor Thom. In person, it looks like an alien and host. The ancient trees have conquered in some places, scattering the temple walls onto the floor. Without the use of mortar during construction, Angkor Wat is the largest religious monument in the world. Between 5 million and 10 million sandstone blocks were used: far greater amounts of stone than all the pyramids of Egypt put together! Some of the temple stones are shifting and collapsing (shown in photo).
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