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Angkor Tom - South Gate

South Gate

South Gate of largest city capital named Angkor Thom

Angkor Tom is the last capital of the Khmer Dynasty that was strongly rebuilt by the king Jayavarman VII (reigned 1181-1219). The city of Angkor Tom - means Big City in Khmer - consists of a square and each side of which about three kilometer long. It located 1,700 meters north of Angkor Wat.



South Gate

Gods and Asuras lined both side of the bridge across the moat

Compare the two, this to Prasat Nokor Vimeansour




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Bayon

Date : Late 12th century to early 13th century
King : Jayavarman VII
Religion :
Buddhist

Bayon

Bayon looks like Rock Mountain for me

Bayon is stands really center of the Angkor Tom, symbolized celestial Mountain Meru. This temple is famous for large faces of Avalokitesvara with a smile playing about their lips and vivid expression of bas-reliefs.



Buddhisattva Lokesvara

Face of the Buddhisattva Lokesvara

On the upper level there are over 200 large faces of Avalokitesvara carved on the 54 towers. We encircled big faces with smiles; never escape from their lips of smiles. It was miraculous experience for me.


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Outer Gallery

Outer Gallery

Outer Gallery without roof

Although there are two Galleries of the Bayon, outer bas-reliefs are more interesting than inner one. Cooking, fishing, shopping, eating, fighting and so on, human daily life are depicted. Don't be hurry.



Bas-Reliefs

Cockfighting
Bas-Reliefs

Cooking a pig



Bas-Reliefs

Marching with elephant
Elephant ride

Elephant ride


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Around the palace

Leper King Terrace

Leper King Terrace

As the palace and another houses for human living were built of wood in the Angkor Dynasty, there are no building remained without stone constructions for gods.



Elephant Terrace

Elephant Terrace

300m long this terrace was used for royal reception pavillions



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Phnom Bakheng

Date : Late 9th to early 10th century
King : Yasovarman I
Religion :
Hindu (dedicated to Shiva)

Phnom Bakheng

Climb up to Phnom Bakheng

Yasovarman I founded his own capital Yasoharapura northwest from Roluos and built Bakheng as his state temple. Now day this mountain is known as the place to see the sunset. Around 5 PM many visitors climb this steep disrepair causeway to the summit.



Phnom Bakheng

Panoramamic sunset view from Phnom Bakheng

You can see distance view of Angkor Wat from southeast side of the summit




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