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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  • what can one say except that that its huge, gigantic , wonderful structure. I was overawed by the scale of the construction. visit before sun rise and get special views. of course as it faces the west good photographs can be had all round the day.
  • Amazing place. Incredible to think how old it all is. The day was mighty hot when we visited which meant that our stamina was a bit down. It's a huge precinct with so much to see. Remember to take water with you and enjoy the experience.
  • 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
  • One of my most favorite places in the world to visit. While there a typically tons of tourists Angkor Thom is large enough in size that you can find a secluded area to enjoy the temples in peace and quiet.
  • On our 2nd full day tour here visiting Siem Reap, Cambodia we visited Angkor Wat (Angkor = City) (Wat = Buddhist Pagoda) then Angkor Thom (Thom = Big. So Angkor Thom is Big City. 3 km x 3 km versus the 1km x 1 km size of Angkor Wat). It's magically beautiful, ancient and wonderful and impressive to have lasted so long. WOW DEFINITELY A MUST SEE when visiting Cambodia! Enjoy!!
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