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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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  • Temples are great, but they are more of the same. I would recommend doing something else rather than see many temples  more »
  • The place is BIG Not as big as Angkor Wat but also this one is BIG and same as angkor wat is surrounded with water from all sides and have a gate to enter for it and inside the weather is a bit better...  more »
  • I love this area. It's quite peaceful as this place is less crowded compare to the other temples. Enjoy walking around this area and love he serenity of this place.  more »
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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.
  • 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.
  • I liked this temple much better than Angkor wat. It's bigger, there are more wildlife there ( elephants + monkeys). Smiling faces, a bit less people and more shadow to hide in from the afternoon heat.
  • One of the most spectacular sights I've ever seen. It's incredible actually getting to walk around such ancient buildings