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Photo taken on February 18, 2012

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Angkor Heritage
Angkor Thom

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Passing the south gate to Angkor Thom

Passing the south gate to Angkor Thom
We arrived the yard of Angkor Thom which means the "Great City". Angkor Thom was established as the capital of Jayavarman VII's empire, and was the centre of his massive building programme. One inscription found in the city refers to Jayavarman as the groom and the city as his bride.
The gate opens exactly in the middle the wall, from which a bridge extends over the moat to the area outside the royal city. The original royal palace at Angkor Thom, built in the 10th and 11th centuries, was probably built of wood and no longer stands.