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Angkor Thom – the seventh wonder in the world. Angkor Thom is the last and longest capital of the Khmer, restored and expanded by king Jayavarman VII in the late twelfth century. Angkor Thom, the last capital of the Khmer will tell you a story of Angkor Thom- the territory of the ancient capital that owns temples and outstanding architecture. Travel to Angkor Wat with: Indochina travel and cambodia

Angkor Thom- the ancient capital attracts many traveller

Angkor Thom- the ancient capital attracts many traveller- source: internet

Angkor Thom- the largest palace with 43 huge Bayon Buddha statues displaying “joy, anger, love, sorrow”, 172 faces still retains facial expressions and mysterious smile, Shiva statue and Yoni idol, Visit the ruins of Baphuon – King of Phemean Akas King worship Brahmins … The most famous temples of the pre-Angkor Thom period are Baphuon – the old national temples and the Phimeanakas – which have been entered into the Royal Palace. Subsequently, the Khmer did not distinguish between Angkor Thom and Yashodharapura. In the 14th century, there was a stel still using the Angkor Thom capital, Yashodharapura. It is conjectured that the name Angkor Thom was used at least since the 16th century – meaning the Great City.

Buddha Face Carvings in Stone at Bayon Temple in Angkor Thom

Buddha Face Carvings in Stone at Bayon Temple in Angkor Thom- source: internet

Angkor Thom is 9 kilometer wide, with many temples built from previous periods as well as temples built by King Jayavarman and his followers. The city is located about a quarter mile from Tonle Sap, the south gate of Angkor Thom, 7.2 kilometers north of Siem Reap, 7 kilometers north of Angkor Wat. The wall is 8 meter high, 3 kilometers long, surrounded by moat. The wall is built of beehive with the top of the fort. At each east, west, south, and north, there is a city gate. The roads lead from the city gate to the Bayon Shrine – the center of the city. 500 meter to the east gate is Victory Gate. Cambodia travel tours

The Victory Gate in Angkor Thom, Cambodia

The Victory Gate, Cambodia- source: internet

The Victory Road runs parallel to the East Road leading to Victory Square and the Royal Palace north of Bayon. The last known temple built in Angkor Thom was Mangalartha, inaugurated in 1295. Since then, works have occasionally been repaired, but most of the buildings later built with perishable materials does not exist to date. In the following centuries, Angkor Thom remained the capital of the kingdom in decline until it was abandoned beginning around 1609.

Victoria Gate is one important part of Angkor Thom’s heart

Victoria Gate is one important part- source: internet

Angkor Thom is built in the style of Bayon (Baroque style – Renaissance Italian, stylish form, decorated dense). This is reflected in the large scale of the buildings as well as the widespread use of honeycomb material as building materials such as slabs of city entrances, Naga figurines at each tower and carved facades. The highlight is that the gate into the tower architecture, on the roof has 4 portraits, the lines of compassion like Buddha. These faces may represent the king himself, the Avalokitesvara, the guardian goddesses of the kingdom, or some combination of these. In front of each gate there is a crevasse across the moat, along each side of the road there is a row of Deva (Hindu gods), each row lifting a Naga well, have many heads) in tug-of-the-posture. It seems to be an image of the legendary Samudra manthan, a popular legend in Angkor.

The Bayon Mountain Temple, or the city gate itself, can be the axis of the sea turtling event. These Naga probably represent a shift from the human world to the divine world (Bayon Temple), or guardians. The entrances are 3.5 x 7 m and may have been closed with wooden doors.

At every corner of Angkor Thom is a Prasat Chrung (corner temple) built of sandstone . The shrines are cross-shaped with a central tower and facing east. In the Angkor Thom temple, except for the Bayon temple, all the main monuments are located west or east of Victory Square.

Bayon temple in Angkor Thom, Cambodia

Bayon temple , Cambodia- source: internet

Discovering and admiring the art carvings on the ruins of the only remaining preserved artistic features. of the Khmer architecture, the statues of Shiva and the Apsara dancers carved on the stone walls meticulously and expressive. Angkor Thom, the last capital of the Khmer is an attracting story for historical travellers. Pack your package and explore the ancient Angkor Thom.

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