Hello mi gente! (Spanish for “My People”) We are now back state side and lemme tell you, it feels absolutely GREAT to be able to sleep in my own bed again! So what better way to end this week then with another post, and yes, another temple visit! Just think of me as your own Puerto Rican Tomb Raider! 😉 We got quite a bit to catch up on so lets waste no time:
Today we head North of Angkor Wat and visit its sister temple, Angkor Thom.
Angkor Thom, constructed at the end of the 12th century, was once part of the capital city of the Khmer empire under rule of King Jayavarman VII. Surrounded by 8 meter high walls and a 100 Meter wide moat, the Angkor Thom parameter closely resembles Angkor Wat but at a smaller scale.
After the fall of the Khmer empire, the grounds where abandoned and left to the jungle to retake until the 19th century when French explorers rediscovered and began to excavate the temple.
One thing you will notice compared to the other temples are the details on the giants slabs of stones known as the “face towers”
The site contains four towers that face each direction: north, south, east,and west.
The site has multiple Naga stone statues across the grounds. A Naga is a snake like deity that mostly takes the form of a king cobra and is found in multiple religions such as Hinduism and Buddhism.
The site is absolutely amazing, including the inside. Once you enter the main temple, its like something out of a movie!
After 5+ hours of temple visits I was absolutely drained! These temples consisted of short treks and multiple flights of stairs on large acres of land. While I was exhausted by the end of it all, I am glad to say that it has been the absolute highlight of my trip to Cambodia. If ever in Cambodia, these sites are and absolute must visit!