This temple was built by King Jayavaram VII. Angkor Thom was the last and most enduring capital city of the Khmer Empire. There are other temples within Angkor Thom, but this was the center. All the faces you will see on the towers are of him. It was said to be a merger of Lord Buddha and King Jayavaram. This king was extremely dedicated to his subjects. Within the cities, he built hospitals and housing for those subjects. He was a dedicated Buddhist and military leader, and he was devoted to his family and subjects.
Following are a few pictures from Angkor Thom:
The street we are on, in front of the gate of the city, represents the Churning of the Sea of Milk. The figures on side of the street that Liz and I are on are of the Gods. On the other side of the street are the demons.
As with Angkor Wat, the temple walls are filled with carvings that tell stories. In this one, King Jayavaram is leading his soldiers to battle with his most despised enemy: the Cham (Vietnamese). The king was victorious.
Ta Phrom was another temple we visited. This temple also was built by King Jayavaram VII and dedicated to his mother. Today, the temple is best known for being associated with the Lara Croft Tomb Raiders movie series. Parts of the movie "Troy" were also filmed here. The temple was left untouched by the French when they rediscovered it. Today, workers are carefully trying to restore it to its original form.
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