Monday, April 5, 2010

Angkor Tom

Angkor Thom means "great city" in the Khmer language.  It not only refers to the Bayon temple pictured below and most recently brought to popular culture by the movie Tomb Raider.  It actually refers to the entire city complex of palaces, terraces, temples, libraries, etc.  The Bayon at Angkor Thom was massive, yet not nearly as large as Angkor Wat.  What it lacked in sixe when compared to Angkor Wat, I felt it made up for in its unique design.  The large countenances built in to the temple towers gives you the awkward feeling of being watched the entire time you climb through the temple.  Not to mention I was able to get good pictures of the wall reliefs since many of them were outside.

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