Cambodia I ( Angkor Thom )

Guess most of you had already watched the first Tomb Raider movie which partly, was taken in Ta Phrom, which was located at the east of the Angkor Thom. That was Angelina Jolie in the movie but me in real life! Check this out!


For your information, the Angkor Thom is superbly big and the legendary Angkor Wat (one of the 13 finalists to be the new seven wonders of the world) was just part of the Angkor Thom. * Gasp* Not to forget Geography amateurs, Angkor Wat is in Cambodia and Cambodia is... HERE!

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Well, the country borders Thailand to its west and northwest, Laos to its northeast, and Vietnam to its east and southeast.


See? They even have Angkor Wat on their national flag! Impressive...

Right, cut the crap. Passed through the South gate before entering the first destination, Bayon. As you can see, there are two rows of human-like thing forming the borders to the gate, the left side of me in the picture are the Devils while the right are the Gods. So they form something like God vs Demon thing.

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The holy side.

Built in the late 12th century and early 13th century, the Bayon stands at the centre of Jayavarman VII's capital - the Angkor Thom. The Bayon's most distinctive feature is its massive stone faces on the many towers ( each tower consists of four faces each facing North, South, East and West ). This temple was once house to 49 of such towers but 12 of them were either destroyed or collapsed by its own leaving the other 37 standing.

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Passed by the Terrace of the Elephants which was named because of the the elephant carvings on the stones along the 350m terrace. It was used for the king, Jayavarman VII as a platform to view his victorious returning army from the war and also to watch acrobatic shows.


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This used to be the imperial palace for the king...


To be continued...



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