The city of Angkor Thom, founded by Jayavarman VII in the 12th centuryPublished Date: 24 March 2016
The city of Angkor Thom, founded by Jayavarman VII in the 12th century, was one of the largest of all Khmer cities and remained the capital until the 17th century.
We enter the city through the monumental south gate, its tower feature four faces pointing in each cardinal directions with the elephants holding up the main gate, preceded by a no less impressive Avenue of Gods and asuras lining the bridge across the structure moat.
The Bayon or state temple of Jayavarman VII is one of the most enigmatic and power religious constructions in the world. It is a unique mass of “faces tower” which create a stone-mountain of ascending peaks. There were originally 49 towers of which 37 are still standing today. Most are carved with four faces on each cardinal point. The central tower has many more.
The Elephant Terrace is at the heart of Angkor Thom and looks out overage Royal spare. It marks the entrance to the Royal Palace and was the focal point for royal receptions. The carving of the elephants along its walls gives it its modern name.
Terrace of the Leper King. This massive terrace is named after the 15th century sculpture that was discovered on top of it. It probably dates back to the reign of Jayavarman VII and has been restored in a manner, which allows visitors to explore the earliest to most recent additions by actually entering the internal layers of the structure.