Thursday, November 12, 2009

Temple Mania: Cambodia Edition: Agkor Thom

My second favorite of the Angkor complex is Angkor Thom.  It was one of the longest sustaining capitals of the Khmer empire and was home to more than 100,00 people.  It was built by one of the most narcissistic kings in Cambodian history.  Why carve your face in stone once when you can carve it thousands of times?  And that is what this temple is so photographed for, its stone faces resembling that of the king.  This site was also widely used in Tomb Raider.

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