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. PutAngkor 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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Duration: 10 hours
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Duration: 7 to 8 hours
Angkor Thom Reviews
Angkor Thom is the gate entering into Angkor Wat. We just take around 10-15 min to take some photo in front the gate. However, need to becareful as the road have many car and tuk tuk passby. more »
What a place. This complex will blow you away. The scale and remarkable carvings and buildings are truly magnificent. Go see as it will be a highlight of your life more »
Love the facial expression that is collage with different blocks into a single personality. It uniquely differentiate it from other monument in this huge region that has so many relics and architecture. One supposes that it was the most commercially vibrant during its time. It would require many artisans, resources and food to sustain such a massive construction work. Religion could actually motivate the human spirit to something greater and beyond.
Very interesting history over there, but some parts are in construction and nobody tells you before you see those parts on site. some walls are touched by a lot of people and they deteriorate aver time. I hope they will do more to preserve this for future generations
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