The Khmer civilization centred on Angkor was one of the most remarkable to flourish in Southeast Asia. Between the 8th and the 13th centuries, a succession of Hindu and Buddhist kings created the most magnificent temples in stone. Their elaborate carvings and intricate architecture amazed the very first Europeans explorer in the 19th century and continue to fascinate till today.
The face-towers at Angkor Thom. There were originally 49 towers but only 37 are left standing. Most are crafted with four faces on each cardinal point but sometimes there are only three or even just two.
It was believed that the face statue in Bayon was modeled after King Jayavarman VII.
Bayon, the State Temple of Jayavarman VII and his immediate successors, is one of the most enigmatic and powerful religious constructions in the world.
Angkor Wat was not only the grandest and most sublime of all Khemer temples, but also a city in its own right. It was constructed during the reign of Suryavarman II both as the capital and the State Temple dedicated to Vishnu.