Cambodia | Siem Reap

Entering Angkor Thom through the North Gate

Southeast Asia Tour 2015

Siem Reap | Cambodia

24 Nov 2015 | Tue

Day 06 of 46

  • Morning Tuk Tuk Ride to Angkor Wat
  • Angkor Archaeological Park Visitor Center
  • Angkor Thom North Gate
  • Preah Khan Angkor
  • Neak Pean Angkor
  • Ta Som Angkor
  • East Mebon Angkor
  • Pre Rup Angkor
  • Banteay Kdei Angkor

Entering Angkor Thom through the North Gate

Angkor Thom, located in the Siem Reap Province of Cambodia, is a major tourist destination and one of the most impressive archaeological sites in Southeast Asia. Built-in the 12th century by King Jayavarman VII, Angkor Thom has remained largely intact through centuries of wars and natural disasters. It is particularly known for its North Gate, which stands as a proud entrance to this sprawling city.

Entering Angkor Thom through the North Gate

Entering through the North Gate provides visitors with an awe-inspiring view of Angkor Thom’s grand architecture. An impressive causeway lined with sculptures depicting deities and demons leads up to a fortified stone gate framed by two towering towers that stand at 55 meters high. Beyond this gateway lies a complex network of temples, palaces, and shrines that are full of intricate designs and carvings from ancient times.

Angkor Thom (Khmer: អង្គរធំ [ʔɑŋkɔː tʰom]; meaning “Great City”), alternatively Nokor Thom (Khmer: នគរធំ [nɔkɔː tʰom]) located in present-day Cambodia, was the last and most enduring capital city of the Khmer Empire. It was established in the late twelfth century by King Jayavarman VII.[1]: 378–382 [2]: 170  It covers an area of 9 km², within which are located several monuments from earlier eras as well as those established by Jayavarman and his successors. At the centre of the city is Jayavarman’s state temple, the Bayon, with the other major sites clustered around the Victory Square immediately to the north. The site is one of the major tourist attractions of southeast Asia.

– Wikipedia Angkor Thom

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