Angkor Thom West Gate

Temples of Angkor

The causeway at the west gate of Angkor Thom has completely collapsed, leaving a jumble of ancient stones sticking out of the soil, like victims of a terrible historical pile-up.

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1. Baphuon


Some have called Baphuon the 'world's largest jigsaw puzzle'. Before the civil war the Baphuon was painstakingly taken apart piece by piece by a team of…

2. Royal Enclosure & Phimeanakas

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3. Run Ta Dev

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4. Preah Palilay


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5. Prasat Chrung

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6. Tep Pranam


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7. Terrace of Elephants

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8. Bayon

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