Family of Temple-Mountains

A short distance from Bayon is a scattered array of various temple structures. Instead of going into elaborate discussion, lets admire my amateur photography skills. 

Bapuon, Angkor Thom

After completing the restoration in 2011, this massive five-tiered pyramid-lookalike has been opened to the visitors in recent years only.

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The state temple of the Yasodharapura of King Udayadityavarman II

Phimeanakas & The Royal Palace, Angkor Thom

I believe this was the most non religious part of Angkor that I ever explored.  Located amidst a dense foliage, the rectangular form of the structure somehow breaks from the tradition of square shaped, tiered pyramids as seen in Bapuon. The laterite pyramid comprises of three levels. Walking through the forest, I kept hearing slithering sounds and and my paranoid heart kept thinking of exotic snakes.

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The Elephant Terrace, Angkor Thom

The obvious nomenclature of this place can be attributed to the numerous carvings of elephants on the walls and the entrance.

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The Leper King Terrace, Angkor Thom

I am not sure how walls are identified as terrace, but let’s not get into the technicalities of names, shall we? After all, what is in a name! Mostly because of the discoloration and the moss growing on the various carvings, one can easily imagine how the disfigured structure gave rise to the unique name. However, the temple was originally built to honor the Angkorian King Yasovarman I who was known to have leprosy.

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