Angkor Thom

Trip Start Mar 03, 2010
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Trip End May 02, 2010


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Friday, April 9, 2010

Angkor Thom was the capital city of the Khmer empire.  9km square, it is estimated to have had a population of 80,000.

Today it is another stop on the normal tour of Angkor Wat.  A few km up the road from AW, the city walls loom into place, with large stone faces bearing down on you, while the bridges over the moat show Hindi deities holding back a Naga. 

Once inside the city walls, the first site you come to is The Bayon, which was my favorite site at Angkor.  It's most distinctive feature is the 200 + stone faces, while the walls around the site contain images of historical events, mythological events and everyday life.


As per usual, read Wikipedia for more information....

The rest of Angkor Thom is full of more sites, such as the Elephant Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King.
However, for some reason, I didn't take a single photo of them.  I think it's because I found them boring compared to The Bayon, which was immense.
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