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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. Using our international travel planner, Siem Reap attractions like Angkor Thom can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • The temple is beautiful, unique architecture, we could sit for hours looking at every detail of this place. Unfortunately this site is victim of its own success and is overrun with tourists, sometimes ruining the fun.
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  • If you have limited time during trip in angkor wat, I suggest to visit this, bayon temple and Ta prohm.  more »
  • Visited in broad daylight for sunshine is extremely hot, not too much shade. Attractions are scattered all over the place. Private tour-in would be seen by my page - Su is visited.
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  • The last capital of the Khmer kingdom. This place is huge, it was a walled city but today you can only see the stone buildings as the wooden ones have gone forever. Angkor Thom is a square shape, each side is 3 kilometres long. It was built by a genius. You will enjoy it.
  • Angkor Thom is one of the most fascinating temples in Cambodia. I highly recommend you to visit this temple. You will be amazed from the long entries till the temple.
  • Amazing approach from the south through the jungle. Birds, butterflies and monkeys all going about their business either side of the road as you head towards the temple. Oddly cramped when you get inside - it must have been vibrant in its heyday.
  • Super Wonder people love to see! Civilization really lived here at one time. When you come back in the PM hours you see lots of Cambodian people eating with family. I love how their family-orientated.
  • Amazing. It is a little more ruinous than Angkor Wat but so much less crowded. You can walk north through the woodland and see half a dozen temples etc. I preferred it with no guide as it was nice just to wander. Highly recommend.

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