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Angkor Thom is a 3 kilometres square fortified place in the middle of the Angkor complex.
It has walls (8 meters high) all around, 5 gates with huge human faces in each of their 4 sides, and many temples and palaces within.
In the very centre of the square is the Bayon Temple (see pic).
It was built in the 12-13th centuries.
There are many things to see inside:
- The gates. 5. The best preserved is the south one, the one you will enter by if you come from Angkor Wat.
- The Bayon Temple. In the very middle.
- The Phimeanakas. A temple built on the ruins of former Royal palaces.
- The Terraces. This long elevated promenades near the Phimeanakas (south to north) were used by the kings for cremations and other public events.
- And many other little and medium temples, towers...
This was, for me, the best of the many highlights there. I went there once as part of a quick tour around the temples and returned on the next day early in the morning to see the sunrise here and to take a closer and slower look at the bas-reliefs that you can find on the walls all around the first floor of the temple.
There are so many temples and they are so huge that you will never find them too crowded. Most of the time, you will... more travel advice
Some pieces depict everyday scenes. In this you can see a pic of the Royal Court, with all the servants at the ground,... more travel advice
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