Angkor Thom Reviews
Angkor Thom, former capital of Cambodia May 28, 2012
Angkor Thom was once a capital city. Now it's on the Unesco World Heritage list and visited by millions of people every year. This is part of the complete Angkor Archaeological Park. The place is about 20 minutes drive from the city Siem Reap.
For a price of 20 US dollars (around 15 euro), you buy an entrance ticket that gives you access to the whole park for 1 single day.
As mentioned above, this former capital of the Khmer Empire houses several other sites including: Bayon, Baphuon, Phimeanakas, Prasat Suor Prat, Terrace of the Elephants and Terrace of the Leper King.
- Phimeanakas: 3 level pyramid, an Hindu Temple constructed in the 10th century.
- Prasat Suor Prat: 12 towers
- Terrace of the Elephants: terrace used by King Jayavarman VII for viewing his troops and public ceremonies
- Terrace of the Leper King
Surrounded by a wide moat, the main entrance gate is the South Gate. On each side of the bridge are a row of statues called Devas and Asuras. When facing the entrace, the Devas are on your left hand and the Asuras are on your right hand.
The 23 meter tall tower which is the gate to the complex has 4 giant faces, facing the 4 cardinal directions, are believed to be of king Jayavarman VII (who established this city) or of the bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara.
In the past, this place has been looted by thieves who destroyed and broke of pieces of the statues and buidlings to sell them to collectors. Luckily, with the help of foreign aid, everything is restored or will be restored.
It had always been a dream of mine to visit this place some day and I was not disappointed when I finally did!
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Gated city Mar 23, 2010
Not to be confused with the Bayon temple nearby for its architectural similarity, Angkor Thom served as the capital city for King Jayavaraman in the twelfth century. The site is very iconic and instantly recognisable via the five gates that surround the place. Within the centre of this city, you can find the Bayon temple. I really thought the figures which grace the entrance gates are very eye-catching; it’s definitely worth stopping here a little longer to examine them in more detail. In places, these are being restored and although I didn’t like the parts that look brand new, such efforts are inevitably useful for future generations. Apart from the heads of Buddha, you get to seen a lot of animal imagery through images of elephants and monkeys. After Angkor Wat and Bayon, this site has to be amongst the most memorable sites of the Angkor Wat complex.
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