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Ta Prohm, Preah Khan, Neak Pean, Bayon, Royal terraces

  Duration: 5h
  Transport: Bike - 3 wheel remork - car

The temples and monuments proposed for the last day of our circuit are related to Mahayana Buddhism. This is a cult of Buddha, Bodhisattva (Buddha-to-be who temporarily renounced Nirvana to help humans) and Lokeshvara (Boddhisattva who renounced becoming a Buddha in order to assist human beings who were suffering or struggling on their way to enlightenment). Yet, you should not be surprised to see some sculptures related to Vishnu in some of these monuments.

The day starts with the visit to Ta Prohm Temple, famous for its enormous roots that brought to mind an oozing camembert. Many Buddhist panels adorn the walls and pediments of the monument.

After discovering Ta Prohm, Preah Khan is a temple where you will see interesting pediments, carvings and structures. Some of them that are not to be missed, such as the pediment of God Vishnu reclining on the snake Ananta, Garudas, on the fourth enclosure wall and two-storey structure.

Next to it, Neak Pean is located at the center of a former reservoir with two “coiled serpent” framing the central tower and explaining the name of the monument; this site’s cruciform layout symbolizes a miraculous lake in the Himalayas.

You can go then to Angkor Thom, where you will have the chance to discover the Bayon, erected towards the end of the 12th century. The smiling face carved on many of its towers is enigmatic. Its exceptional bas-reliefs depict the daily life of the Khmers at the time of Angkor’s grandeur. By the end of the day, have a walk on the Terrace of Elephants and on the Terrace of the Leper King. Do not miss their beautiful bas-reliefs, especially those on the northern perron that include an impressive five-headed horse.

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