Angkor Thom Cambodia - touring guide and pictures.
About Angkor Thom, Angkor Archaeological Park in Cambodia (or Great City).
Angkor Thom was built by Jayavarman VII (1181-1220) and once supported nearly 1 million
inhabitants. It was constructed within 8 metre high walls each side of which are 3 kilometres long - and is encircled by an outer moat which is 100 metres wide.
There are 5 gateways providing accwess to Angkor Thom - each entered by a causeway over the moat - with the South Gate easily the most impressive. The South Gate's causeway is lined and guarded by
108 large figures, 54 Gods on the left and 54 Demons on the right and the Gate itself has four huge Faces facing in the cardinal direction.
Angkor Thom is a huge site and from the South Gate your driver will drop you off in front of the Bayon and then go off to park at the nearbye main parking area - there are
plenty of locals waiting to provide drinks and you can even get food there. The Bayon is built on 3 levels to represent a temple-mountain and has gallery bas-reliefs which show every day life both domestic and historical - the
relief's stretch for a distance of 1.2kms. The Third Level had 54 Gothic Towers which were decorated with 216 huge stone faces - the faces are of Avalokiteshvara (the Bodhisattva of Infinite Compassion).
The Terrace of the Elephants at Angkor Thom - Angkor Archaeological Park.
The Elephant Terrace was used by King Jayavarman VII so that he could watch the return of his victorious army and was also used for other ceremonial parades - built on the terrace were a variety of wooden platforms which have long disappeared. The Terrace is around 300 metres long and
features carvings of life-size elephants and garudas (mythical birds) on the retaining wall.
Leper King Terrace at Angkor Thom.
The Terrace of the Leper King is part of the Royal Square - it features a replica statue of the Hindu God Yama, the God of Death. The inner wall features some really good carvings of figures of the underworld, nagas, warriors and celestial figures.
The North and South Khleang, Angkor Archaeological Park, Cambodia. These two buildings shown above are situated opposite the Royal Square and although they were built at different times they do look quite
similar. The main feature of the Khleangs are their sandstone lintels which have beautiful balustraded stone windows - inside the Khleangs looked as though they
might once have had domed roofs but the buildings are in a very poor state. Alongside the Khleangs are a series of 12 towers - Prasat Suor Prat - these
towers have been renovated to some degree although a few are only staying upright with the help of wooden supports.
The following are more pictures from around Angkor Thom Temple and surrounds.
The following are our topics about looking round the Temples and Ruins at Angkor Park:
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