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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My wife and I visited Siem Reap, as part of a 17day trip through Vietnam and Cambodia, where we were travelling with 10 other people. The tour was with G-Adventures and so the visit to Angkor Thom... more »
You are just about to cross one of the gates of "Angkor Thom", the capital city of the Angkorian Empire! Back in the 12th century, legendary King Jayavarman VII defeated the Cham invaders and decided.... more »
Amazing walled city with gates facing the principal directions. It's filled with beautiful temples, artificial ponds, stone bridges and much more. You can easily spend a couple of days exploring this place. Take plenty of water, a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen. It's going to be hot, sunny and dusty. Bucket list site.
You honestly have to be here an hour before sunrise if you want to capture it on video or photo. Otherwise, just arrive before sunrise for something truly magical. The entire complex is beautiful and rife with history. You can do many of the temple sites in a single day but it will be super rushed. If you have time, I think two days would be more enjoyable given how large this Angkor Wat is.
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