Angkor Thom



Angkor Thom

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Remarkable in scale and architectural ingenuity, the ancient city of Angkor Thom, which means “Great City” in Khmer, was founded by King Jayavarman VII in the late 12th century. The largest city in the Khmer Empire at one time, it is protected by a 26-ft (8-m) high wall, about 8 miles (13 km) long, and surrounded by a wide moat. There are five gates to the city – four facing the cardinal directions and an extra one on the east side – all bearing four giant stone faces. Within the city are several ruins, the most celebrated of which is the Bayon, a particularly atmospheric temple at the center of this historic complex.

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