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Angkor Thom (13°26′35.89″N 103°51′34.85″ECoordenadas: 13°26′35.89″N 103°51′34.85″E (mapa) ) fue la ciudad real intramuros fortificada construida por Jayavarman VII (1181 - c. 1220), rey del Imperio jemer, al final del siglo XII, luego que Angkor fuera conquistada y destruida por los Chams.

 

La ciudad real fue construida al lado del río Siam Reap, con un área de 9 km2 siguiendo la forma casi cuadrada de 3 km de lado, rodeada de un pozo y de un muro de 8 metros de alto. El palacio real actual fue construido durante el reino de Suryavarman I 150 años antes. Según la leyenda, el rey pasaba parte de cada noche con la reina Sol en el Palacio Celestial que forma parte de esta construcción.

 

Angkor Thom fue construido dentro de la cosmogonía hindú, dedicado al Dios Visnu, aunque más tarde se dedicaría al tardío budismo. En el centro de Angkor Thom está el Bayón, que fue el templo de Jayavarman VII. Es conocido por sus torres, con la cara de Buda por los cuatro lados; las paredes estaban cubiertas de relieves mostrando escenas de la vida del rey y del pueblo.

Wonderful Sunset at the Legend of the Seas (Royal Caribbean) in Cambodia

Cambodia, Siem Reap, Angkor

Siem Reap - Angkor - Bayon Temple

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The Bayon is a well-known and richly decorated Khmer temple at Angkor in Cambodia. Built in the late 12th or early 13th century as the official state temple of the Mahayana Buddhist King Jayavarman VII, the Bayon stands at the centre of Jayavarman's capital, Angkor Thom. Following Jayavarman's death, it was modified and augmented by later Hindu and Theravada Buddhist kings in accordance with their own religious preferences.

 

The Bayon's most distinctive feature is the multitude of serene and smiling stone faces on the many towers which jut out from the upper terrace and cluster around its central peak. The temple is known also for two impressive sets of base-reliefs, which present an unusual combination of mythological, historical and mundane scenes. The current main conservatory body, the Japanese Government Team for the Safeguarding of Angkor (the JSA) has described the temple as "the most striking expression of the baroque style" of Khmer architecture, as contrasted with the classical style of Angkor Wat.

Siem Reap - Ankor - Golden barque

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SiemReap - Lake Tonle Sap - Living on a houseboat

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Cambodia: Siem Reap / Angkor Wat. March 2017.

A novice staring out through a door frame at Phnom Bakheng Temple in Cambodia. This temple is famous for people coming up to see the sunset with Angkor Wat in the background.

A monk sitting in one of the corridors of the Ta Prohm Temple in Cambodia.

Cambodia: Siem Reap / Angkor Wat. March 2017.

Siem Reap - Phumi Puok Chas - Portrait girl

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Cambodia: Siem Reap / Angkor Wat. March 2017.

House boat in river village - Cambodia

Battambang - Portrait girl

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Koh Ker is a remote archaeological site in northern Cambodia about 120 kilometres (75 mi) away from Siem Reap and the ancient site of Angkor.

 

It is a very jungle filled region that is sparsely populated. More than 180 sanctuaries were found in a protected area of 81 square kilometers. Only about two dozen monuments can be visited by tourists because most of the sanctuaries are hidden in the forest and the whole area Is not fully demined.

 

Koh Ker is the modern name for an important city of the Khmer empire. In inscriptions the town is mentioned as Lingapura (city of lingams) or Chok Gargyar (sometimes translated as city of glance, sometimes as iron tree forest).

 

Koh ker, Cambodia, September 2014

 

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Photo taken in a small rural village in Northwest Cambodia

Angkor Wat is a temple complex in Cambodia and the largest religious monument in the world, with the site measuring 1,626,000 m2. It was originally constructed as a Hindu temple of god Vishnu for the Khmer Empire, gradually transforming into a Buddhist temple toward the end of the 12th century. It was built by the Khmer King Suryavarman II in the early 12th century in Yaśodharapura, the capital of the Khmer Empire, as his state temple and eventual mausoleum. Breaking from the Shaiva tradition of previous kings, Angkor Wat was instead dedicated to Vishnu. As the best-preserved temple at the site, it is the only one to have remained a significant religious center since its foundation. The temple is at the top of the high classical style of Khmer architecture. It has become a symbol of Cambodia, appearing on its national flag, and it is the country's prime attraction for visitors.

Angkor Wat combines two basic plans of Khmer temple architecture: the temple-mountain and the later galleried temple. It is designed to represent Mount Meru, home of the devas in Hindu mythology: within a moat and an outer wall 3.6 kilometres long are three rectangular galleries, each raised above the next. At the centre of the temple stands a quincunx of towers. Unlike most Angkorian temples, Angkor Wat is oriented to the west; scholars are divided as to the significance of this. The temple is admired for the grandeur and harmony of the architecture, its extensive bas-reliefs, and for the numerous devatas adorning its walls.

Siem Reap - Lake Tonle Sap - Travel by boat

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an amazing coloured sunrise with hundreds of dragonflies flying over the reflection pond. Well worth getting up at 4am :)

Siem Reap - Portrait girl

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Shot at Angkor Wat, Cambodia. The two monks form a sharp of a Love. The older monks was telling the other monks that God will Bless everyone. Have love and the world will be peaceful.

A monk meditating in a window at Angkor Wat, Cambodia.

Puppy resting his head on hand made pots - Kampong Chhnang - Cambodia

Cambodia, officially known as the Kingdom of Cambodia and once known as the Khmer Empire, is a country located in the southern portion of the Indochina Peninsula in Southeast Asia. Its total landmass is 181,035 square kilometres (69,898 sq mi), bordered by Thailand to the northwest, Laos to the northeast, Vietnam to the east, and the Gulf of Thailand to the southwest.

Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 2015

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