Photographer's Note

The Third level of Angkor Wat is accessed by steep staircases ascending at a 75 degree angle. The steps are extremely narrow and one has to ascend or descend with the feet pointing sideways on each step. Those who suffer from vertigo use the south stairway (which has concrete steps and a handrail.

The square base (60 meters, 197 feet long) of the upper level is 13 meters (43 feet) high and raises over 40 meters (131 feet) above the second level.

During the height of Khmer empire, when Angkor was the centre of power, only the king and the high priest were allowed on the upper or third level of Angkor Wat. This level lacks the stately covered galleries of the other two levels but is the base of the five central towers, one of which contains the most sacred image of the temple.

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Additional Photos by Angshuman Chatterjee (Angshu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7852 W: 324 N: 16061] (56760)
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