Angkor Thom

Angkor Thom, (translated the great capital) was built in the late 12th and the early 13th century as the new capital of the Angkor empire.

stone heads of angkor thomA tour of Angkor Thom.

The preserved buildings and ruins of Angkor Thom are now about 7 km north of Siem Reap town and about 1 km north of the famous temple Angkor Wat.

Angkor Thom occupies the northern part of the first Angkor capitol Yasodharapura. The square plant has a side length of about 3 km.

east-gate, angkor thomThe four sides of the city each face a point on the compass: north, east, south and west.

The moat is around 100 m wide and the city wall about 8 meters high.

A crossroad divides the city into quarters and the four road ends open into town gates made of sandstone. The Fifth Gate is located 500 m north of the east gate at the end of another road. The so-called Victory avenue with Victory Gate leading to the Royal Palace, while the other four avenues intersect at Bayon.

the palaceThe Royal Palace, dilapidated, reconstruction, done.

Overgrown temple ruins.


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