The walled complex of Angkor Thom was built by the Jayavarman VII who is touted as the Buddhist architect of the empire and the one to bring in all the Buddhist influences on the architecture, culture and religion. The most famed of the temples in the Angor Thom is the Bayon temple which stands at the centre of Jayavarman’s capital.
The final and most illustrious capital of the Khmer Empire, Angkor Thom is a vast complex of terraces, temples and water bodies. Walk around the terrace of the leper king, wind through the central complex, risk a nose-bleed from the steep climb up the Phimeanakas temple, and witness Baphoun emerge in all its glory as you walk up the elevated pathway that leads to it. The bridges that lead across from the moat into the walls of this former capital are lined with sculptures of the famous Churning of the Ocean of Milk from Hindu mythology, an image that repeats itself over throughout Angkor.