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Angkor Thom, Siem Reap

Categories: Ruins, Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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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. Using our international travel planner, Siem Reap attractions like Angkor Thom can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Visited here last week and on arrival it began to rain heavily (an umbrella is highly advisable). The site has both beautiful architecture and highly visible artwork that provide wonderful photo oppor...  read more »
  • One of numerous temples in Siem Reap. Each temple is unique and leaves one just how these were constructed centuries ago. The carving, history as well as the restoration efforts by both foreign and Ca...  read more »
  • Many thought was one of the ruins, Angkor Thom was once the city is very broad. On site or move in the car. And then fusing Hindu and Buddhist, it is interesting. And Kyoko song master of look-alike.
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  • HUGE! Awesome! The 10 kilometers of ruins/temples is astounding. Highly recommended. Gets super hot so bring water and also if you can spread your exploration over a couple of days might be a good idea. SO much to see!
  • The Angkor ruins are huge and its capital city is called Angkor Thom. This is the gateway to the most advanced civilization at its time featuring a Four-faced Buddha at its peak. You might recognize this as one of the scenes in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. The walkway back in time. Feeling eerily ancient as I walked into Angkor Thom via the South Gate. Lining the causeway leading up to the gates of Angkor Thom are Deva statues holding back a Naga Raja. These devas protect the path into the ancient Khmer city, surrounded by a moat. All entrances on each axis leads directly to Bayon at the centre of Angkor Thom. I guess as they say in Khmer, “all roads lead to Bayon.” Angkor Thom’s walled city contains many temples to visit. Bayon at the centre, the Terrace of the Elephants, The Leper King’s, the Royal Palace. You’ll gonna need lots of time for that. All Khmer roads lead to Bayon. That is true within the capital city of the Khmer Empire, Angkor Thom and at its heart is Bayon. The last temple to be built in Angkor before the fall of the Khmer empire, its distinctive characteristics is the four-sided stone faces adorning the towers. The feeling I get when I venture into the temple compound is like entering a maze city. It’s small and compact within, and the twist and turns do make you feel like Indiana Jones excavating your next adventure. Ascending to its summit, I found that Bayon seem compact, claustrophobic even. It doesn’t have the wide spaces such as Angkor Wat, and it’s also a smaller temple compared to its more famed brethren. But there are more hidden corners, unknown pathways, dark hallways that make the experience somewhat more thrilling. Almost as if you’re exploring a road less travelled.
  • Don't miss this compound when you visit Siem reap and angkor wat.
  • I went a couple years back, with my family and we entered in an elephant back. I enjoyed it a lot, but be prepared for sweltering hot and muggy weather. Other than that I had the best time there.
  • Bayon Temple was the first temple we saw along our trip! Even after seeing 8 temples total, I would pronounce this one stands out as one of my darlings, if not my absolute favorite. It's difficult to compare them, frankly, but Bayon was just outstanding.
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