Siem Reap Visual Overview #5 – More Temples & End of Day One!

Visited on the 24th December 2012 (Monday)
Temple Visit Day 01

Angkor Thom is one of the largest Khmer cities ever built, 9 sq km in area. The above is one of the five gates of Angkor Thom called the Victory Gate.

State Temple of Jayavarman VII symbolic centre of the universe and empire

Summary from Ancient Angkor Books Guide (Michael Freeman & Claude Jacques)

Date: Late 12th – late 13th centuries, construction probably started about 1200

Style: Bayon

Reign: Jayavarman VII to Jayavarman VIII

State temple of Yasodharapura (11th century)

Summary from Ancient Angkor Books Guide (Michael Freeman & Claude Jacques)

Date: Middle of the 11th century (1060)

Style: Bayon

Reign: Udayadityavarman II

Phnom Bakheng – State Temple of the first capital at Angkor

Summary from Ancient Angkor Books Guide (Michael Freeman & Claude Jacques)

Date: Late 9th – early 10th centuries (dedicated about 907)

Style: Bakheng

Reign: Yasovarman I

 

Out of all the temples that we visited on our first day, I think Bayon made the most impression me. I was just at awe observing the different faces. It dawn on me that how human kind can create such a beauty and be such a destruction ourselves at the same time. The faces were mesmerizing.

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