Angkor Thom

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, site of several capitals of the Khmer Empire, north of Tônlé Sap, NW Cambodia, for about five and a half centuries (9th to 15th), the heart of the empire.
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Angkor Thom


capital of Cambodia from the 12th century to the first half of the 15th century (in the area now known as the province of Siemreap).

Angkor Thorn was built during the reign of King Jay-avarman VII at the end of the 12th century. It was captured by the Siamese in 1431, after which time it lost its significance as the capital city and quickly declined. It is now a historical site, part of the architectural complex of Angkor.

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Before saying goodbye to Cambodia and my new companions, we head off one last time to cycle the hidden trails of Angkor and visit some of its best-kept secrets, along with the notable sites of the Bayon, Ta Prohm and Angkor Thom.
Varin District is located to the north of Siem Reap Province bordering Oddar Meanchey Province to the north, and the Districts of Svay Leu, Banteay Srei, Angkor Thom, Angkor Chum and Srei Snam on the eastern, southern and western borders respectively.
There is a visit to Ta Prohm (made famous by the film Tomb Raider where the ruins are overgrown by strangler fig and silk-cotton tresses), Angkor Thom, Bayon temple and the Terrace of the Elephants.
Angkor Thom alone is spread over 10 square miles and was built by Jayavarman VII, the greatest Khmer king in the 13 th century who converted from Hinduism to Buddhism, a faith followed today by 90% of the people.
The impressive Bayon at the heart of the city enclosure of Angkor Thom is another favourite destination, and some of the other temples are becoming famous in their own ways: Ta Prohm, for example, draws crowds through its managed but forested condition, with temple structures entangled among the roots of massive silk-cotton trees.
The country's most legendary temples, including UNESCO World Heritage Site Angkor Wat , jungle-engulfed Temple of Ta Promh , Banteay Srei Temple , and Angkor Thom
Nevada (US), July 04 (ANI): Hindus have applauded the re-opening of renowned 11th-century Baphoun Shiva temple in Angkor Thom complex of Cambodia after decades of reconstruction work.
Construction of Angkor Thom coincided with a change from Hinduism to Buddhism.
Visit the Walled City of Angkor Thom, meet Buddhist monks, see local artisans at work, and enjoy a meal amid the rice fields of Siem.
The latest addition to Schlessinger Media's Wonders of the Asian World DVD series, Wonders of the Asian World: Cambodia, Thailand & Laos explores the most treasured sites of Southeast Asia, from the famous temples of the Khmer Empire at Angkor Wat and Angkor Thom of Cambodia, to the ancient capitals Sukhothai and Ayutthaya of Thailand, to the ages old capital city Luang Prabang of Laos, which features an amazing blend of traditional Lao and colonial European architecture.
Angkor Thom, or ''big city'', was once home to a million people and stretched over a vast area.