The Bayon

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Entry Gateway to the fortified city of Angkor Thom: The Great City

Center of the Khmer Kingdom,  more splendid than any European city of it's day.  Only the religious monuments remain as testament to the magnificence of the last Khmer capital.

 

 

 

 

The three headed albino elephant Aravana, the mount of Indra the god of thunder, lightning and war graces the inner corners where the gateway meets the walls.  

His trunks tugging at lotus flowers form the pillars.

At the center of  Angkor Thom is the incredible Bayon.  

Its moats and walls housed the royal palace and homes of the royal family, military generals and priests.  

From a distance its  remaining towers and approximately 200 giant heads  appear to be little more than an impressive pile of stone.  

Up close it is magnificent

The enigmatic, serene and smiling faces of The Bayon.  

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