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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  • It was my second time in Angkor Wat / Angkor Thom and i didn't regret it. The size of the square is just unbelievable. Don't miss to see the center "Bajon" of course, but there is so much more to expl...  more »
  • Angkor Thom is one of the four most interesting places in the reserve. The temple is enormous, some of it still under reconstruction.  more »
  • One of the best site for beginners. Very impressive. I recommend without hesitation. Take a tuk tuk and has the opening leaving your hotel from 6:45
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  • One of the most stunning structures in whole area. Actually took two days to see it in full. There is a hut outside describing key features and history of conservation. Buy and read a book which is available at 5-7 dollars. Spent time to view the panels, it's characters and story described in it. That will be one of your best experiences in life.
  • A great ruins complex which was found in the forest. It's fantastic to do the visit in the fortified wall 3km long surrounded with vast moat.
  • Amazing place. Also called baton temple! This is the original Hindu temple of old. Come early. Always go early. Not too many people and choose non tourist season however Chinese tour here year round so be ready for very large groups.
  • Famous temple not only tourist also locals as well. Got stunning Buddha faces every towed.
  • Plan to spend a long time at Angkor Thom. It's huge, and there's lots to see. There's great food available within the complex, and access to public restrooms. Bayon temple (with all the large faces) is stunning.

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