Photos

Photographer's Note

A monk inspects the ruined staircase leading down from this doorway and Angkor Thom.
Angkor Thom (Big Angkor) is a 3km2 walled and moated royal city and was the last capital of the Angkorian empire. After Jayavarman VII recaptured the Angkorian capital from the Cham invaders in 1181, he began a massive building campaign across the empire, constructing Angkor Thom as his new capital city. He began with existing structures such as Baphuon and Phimeanakas and built a grand enclosed city around them, adding the outer wall/moat. He then constructed some of Angkor's greatest temples including his state-temple, Bayon, set at the center of the city.

Kamilutka, jhm has marked this note useful

Photo Information
Viewed: 358
Points: 8
Discussions
  • None
Additional Photos by Chris Chafer (sandpiper) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 778 W: 89 N: 1202] (6788)
View More Pictures
explore TREKEARTH