Angkor Thom


Angkor Thom, the 'great city', is a 12th century Buddhist walled city on the west bank of the Siem Reap river, that was the last capital of the Khmer empire. It is part of the Angkor Archaeological Park that is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Spread over 9 km2, it is centered around the stunning Bayon temple which is known for its massive stone faces of the bodhisattva Avalokitesvara, and bas-reliefs depicting historical events and scenes from the everyday life of the Angkorian Khmer. Sculptures illustrating scenes and characters from Hindu mythology can be found throughout the complex. Each of the 5 monumental gates feature a queue of devas (Gods) against a queue of asuras, illustrating the legend of the 'Churning of the Milky Oceans'. Walk around the complex to see the Baphuon temple mountain (representation of Mount Meru), Phimeanakas temple next to the Royal complex, Terrace of the Leper King, and the Terrace of Elephants which once served as a base for the king's grand audience hall. Angkor Thom was one of the locations where few scenes from Lara Croft: Tomb Raider were shot.



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