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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  • October 5, 2017
    The best Temple of all, the most special, where you connect with the and cross each corner and be able to enjoy this wonderful experience.
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  • October 5, 2017
    I only can say. If someone already in Siem Reap. They should spend their time to explore the surrounding at least 3 days. About Angkor Thom itself is written better in Wikipedia.  more »
  • October 5, 2017
    Our guide knew what background and angle for great photos! Not so much climbing of steps but still the place was just as impressive as the other temples we visited.  more »
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  • June 3, 2017
    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.
  • May 27, 2017
    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.
  • June 25, 2017
    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.
  • June 3, 2017
    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.
  • July 5, 2017
    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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