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The very heart of Angkor

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.

Many sightseeings inside

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...

The Bayon

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.

  • Last visit to Angkor Thum: Aug 2003
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • sirenna's Profile Photo
    Nov 11, 2005 at 6:37 AM

    Really helpful tips and great photos. Hope to visit this fascinating place some time next year.

  • Enrique8's Profile Photo
    Nov 9, 2003 at 9:07 AM

    Amazing faces in those temples! A very detailed and informative page, congratulations!!

  • alza's Profile Photo
    Sep 27, 2003 at 5:41 PM

    Very useful! Using motorbike drivers is cool and quick, Bangkok included! Impressive place, and tks for the drawings.

  • herzog63's Profile Photo
    Sep 19, 2003 at 12:48 PM

    I'm so glad you discovered what the area has to offer!! Great page Joaquin!!


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