Siem Reap

Angkor Thom Temple

Angkor Thom Temple is a very popular tourist spot in Siem Reap province. It was established in the late twelfth century to early thirteenth century by King Jayavarman VII. This site is situated 1.7 Km north of Angkor Wat, within which are located several monuments from earlier eras as well as those established by Jayavarman and his successors.

Angkor Thom Temple
Angkor Thom Temple

This fortified city built by King Jayavarman VII in the late twelfth century, encapsulated the residences of priests, officials, military and administrative staff.

Peering out from between the tree branches are the old gods still protecting this ancient city and below them is a huge moat that surrounds the large outer wall. There are a number of entry towers each with a causeway flanked by 54 stone figures on either side – demons to the right and gods to the left, totaling the magical number of 108 deities guarding the city.

Inside the city are important monuments such as the Bayon temple, the Baphuon, the Royal Enclosure, Phimeanakas and the Terrace of Elephants.

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