Top things to do in Angkor Thom

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At the heart of Angkor Thom is the 12th-century Bayon, the mesmerising, if slightly mind-bending, state temple of Jayavarman VII. It epitomises the creative genius and inflated ego of Cambodia’s most celebrated king…
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Angkor Thom South Gate

The south gate of Angkor Thom is most popular with visitors, as it has been fully restored and many of the heads (mostly copies) remain in place. The gate is on the main road into Angkor Thom from Angkor Wat, and it…
Archaeological Site in Angkor Thom

Terrace of the Leper King

The Terrace of the Leper King is just north of the Terrace of Elephants. Dating from the late 12th century, it is a 7m-high platform, on top of which stands a nude, though sexless, statue. The front retaining walls …
Hindu Temple in Angkor Thom


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 archaeologists, but their meticulous records were destroyed du…
Archaeological Site in Angkor Thom

Terrace of Elephants

The 350m-long Terrace of Elephants was used as a giant viewing stand for public ceremonies and served as a base for the king’s grand audience hall. Try to imagine the pomp and grandeur of the Khmer empire at its hei…
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Preah Palilay

Preah Palilay is located about 200m north of the Royal Enclosure’s northern wall. It was erected during the rule of Jayavarman VII and originally housed a Buddha, which has long since vanished. There are several hug…
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Angkor Thom East Gate

The east gate of Angkor Thom was used as a location in Tomb Raider, where the bad guys broke into the ‘tomb’ by pulling down a giant polystyrene apsara. This is the most atmospheric of Angkor Thom's gates as there i…
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Angkor Thom West Gate

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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Angkor Thom Victory Gate

One of two gates in the eastern walls of Angkor Thom, the Victory Gate was used by the Khmer kings of old upon their successful return from battle.
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Angkor Thom North Gate

The immense north gate of Angkor Thom connects the walled city with Preah Khan and the temples of the Grand Circuit.