There are not only temples in the Angkor region, but also
secular buildings, city walls, roads and water management
production sites, as well as religious sites
in natural environments.
Angkor Thom is a huge urban complex, surrounded by a wide
moat and an impressive wall with five magnificent gates.
Inside, both secular buildings such as the Royal Palace
as well as temples such as the beautifully carved Bayon
Kbal Spean is a sacred site along a river in the hills
to the north of Siemreap. The river bed and banks are covered
with sculptures of lingas and other religious symbols and
scenes. Flowing over these sculptures, the water is sanctified
before reaching the temples of Angkor.
Koh Ker, some 100km northeast of Angkor, was the 10th century
capital of Jayavarman IV. It features a 30 meter high temple
mountain and is the origin of many large statues which convey
a sense of grandeur and movement unique in Khmer art.
Aerial photo of Angkor Thom