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Angkor Thom ("Great Capital") was built at the end of the 12th/beginning of the 13th century at the behest of King Jayavarman VII as the new capital of the Angkor Empire. The preserved buildings and ruins are located about 7 km north of the city of Siem Reap or about 1 km north of the famous temple of Angkor Wat.

Ankor Thom

The Khmer king Jayavarman VII incorporated the old buildings into his new capital. Thus, the royal palace with Phimeanaka's temple pyramid was located in the northwestern quarter. He and his successors supplemented this ensemble with the Terrace of the Elephants, the Terrace of the Leper King, the Great Square, the row of towers Prasat Suor Prat and a Victory Avenue. The older, overwhelmingly large temple mount Baphuon and two hall-like structures, the northern and southern Khleang, were also integrated into the overall plan. In the geometric centre of Angkor Thom, cut out and framed by the streets, the state temple Bayon was built with its forest of face towers. Apart from the temples and terraces, all the city's buildings were made of wood (including the royal palace) and have disappeared today.

South gate of Agkor Thom The central temple Bayon Tourists at Bayon Temple in the grounds of the Bayon Temple Relief with elephants Relief with victorious warriors Triumphal procession Inner side corridor Outside side corridor Dozens of 20m high, four-faced gopurams Gopuram with the face of King Jayavarman VII Bayon general view Baphuon Temple with pond Elephant Terrace Elephant Terrace Relief of a dancer Reliefs on the Terrace of the Leper King Reliefs on the Terrace of the Leper King Dancers View from the terrace of the Leper King towards Bayon lightbox for MACby VisualLightBox.com v5.9