Angkor Wat
khmer Ballet Dance
Khmer Shadow Theatre
Preah Vihear
Angkor Wat
Angkor Wat
Angkor Wat
Preah Vihear
Preah Vihear
Preah Vihear

Baphuon

BaphuonThe colossal Baphuon temple was most likely also begun under Suryavarman's reign, to then be completed by his successor, Udayadityavarman. The Baphuon is notable as Angkor Thom's largest "mountain-temple."

There is then a sandstone causeway - about 200 meter long - formed as a sort of bridge with long paving stones laid on three lines of short columns, followed by a 5.5 meter wide dike, formed as an embankment between two lateral walls.

Another of this temple's remarkable characteristics is its sculptural decor: framed scenes of daily life or myth, touching in their small detail and naivety.

Abandoned as a capital city, Angkor saw its population numbers plunge, its infrastructures fall into ruin. The forest was to overcome a good part of the city. Yet in those places still inhabited, architectural modifications for the Buddhist cult could take on spectacular dimensions. During the Middle Period, a whole gallery at the back was modified and transformed into a reclined Buddha, and it is now being restored by the École Française d’Extrême Orient.